I posted this last night on CDMu, but thought it would be worth mentioning here as well, for those hard-line visualists who don’t read both sites.
VJing is an extremely varied art form, but long sets is one thing most visual performers have in common. Whether at a festival, or playing club nights, it’s not uncommon to have a single visualist running the stage for an entire show. Usual gripes about pay-parity with the ear-botherers aside, this is also a quite dangerous situation for your hearing.
I’ve always used the squishy, disposable foam earplugs at gigs, but last year I was convinced to pick up a pair of Etymotics ER-20s.
Not only do they protect the earth from tiny yellow landfill, they protect your hearing, and I’ve found that they seem to make loud gigs sound better.
Check out the full writeup on CDMu.