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Pianist faces jail for practicing too loudly

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:04:12 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 13 2013 11:45:40 AM CST
Hearing, listening

A woman is facing a hefty prison term for practicing the piano too loudly.

Two neighbors in Spain battled for several years over the what one neighbor says was "noise pollution" caused by constant piano-playing, according to The Associated Press. Now, the complaining neighbor, Sonia Bosom, has taken Laia Martin, her 27-year-old, professional piano-playing neighbor and her parents to court. Prosecutors aim to send all three to jail for over seven years on charges of psychological damage and noise pollution.

Bosom claimed she suffered noise pollution from 2003 to 2007 due to the five-days-a-week, eight-hour practice sessions of Martin, who lived in the apartment below her. The prosecution claims that Bosom suffered "psychological injury" from years of hearing constant playing.

The decibel levels of the piano playing has even been tested throughout the course of the trial and was repeatedly up to 10 decibels higher than the 30-decibel limit laid down for musical instruments in the town. The family was asked by the city to soundproof the room, which they did twice, but the noise continued.

Martin and her parents now face a seven-and-a-half-year jail sentence. All three have been prohibited from playing the piano professionally for four years.

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