If Austin were a book, it'd have to be on tape. Live music echoes through the city streets in downtown, and now also in east, southeast and parts of Central Austin.
Those echoes have sent a swell of noise complaints to the city.
"If you are a music venue that is moving into and near existing residential areas, then you need to develop your venue in a way that does not leak sound into the residence," Austin City Council Member Laura Morrison said.
For example. the W Hotel is home to Austin City Limits, the PBS program that helped define the local music scene. Neighbors living above say they hear music, even on the upper floors.
On Thursday, the Austin City Council approved a new Music Venue Assistance Program. It will help concert venue owners install sound barriers and better speakers. A couple of venues tested the program and found a dramatic drop in noise complaints from neighbors.
Other ideas include installing thicker windows, but developers say that would increase overall construction costs by one to three percent.
"The proposal for laminated glass would increase construction costs, but at the same time really not be effective at solving the problem it was intended to address," Annie Armbrust with the Real Estate Council of Austin said.
Council member Chris Riley says developers still need to take some responsibility.
"There has got to be some way we can help the market more effectively, so that people can know what to expect when they buy or rent one of these units downtown," he said.
Venues like Cheer Up Charlie's on East Sixth Street have been at odds with neighbors as Austin's music scene continues to sprawl out of the downtown area. They now could be eligible for the city’s low interest loans up to $35,000 to pay for the improvements, through the new Music Assistance Program.