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Monday, July 25, 2016

Research: Concert Hall Acoustics

Concert Hall Design (5:08) Why are some concert halls acoustically loved by audiences and others are not? Nicholas Edwards shares what makes concert hall acoustics vary widely--even when they are of similar shape--and the key to making a hall loved by audiences. Source: Vimeo

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Research: Cats Miaow

Why Do Cats Miaow? (BBC) Dr John Bradshaw explains why pet cats constantly miaow at their owners. Taken from Cats Uncovered. Source: YouTube.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lecture: Murray Schafer, Soundscape

Murray Schafer, Soundscape (1hr. 7mins) Murray Schafer talks about the concept of"soundscape" a term coined in the 70s referring to the ecology of sound. 

Murray Schafer is the author of books like "Voices of Tyranny: Temples of silence" (1993), "the thinking ear: on Music education" (1986) and "a sound education" (1992). Schafer is a composer, professor, music teacher, environmentalist, visual artist and author of books like "The soundscape and the pitch of the world, "" When words sing "or" rhino in the classroom. " In 1974 he made ​​the recording of the most iconic sounds of Canada as part of the World Soundscape Project. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Documentary: Sounds of Extinction

Recording the Sounds of Extinction (3:26) "Bernie Krause has been recording wildlife sounds, or "soundscapes," for over forty years. He's amassed the largest archive in the world, and in doing so, can chart how wildlife sounds have changed over the course of climate change. Listen for yourself: the rising silence speaks volumes." Source: YouTube

Friday, May 6, 2016

Lecture: The Difference between Hearing and Listening

Pauline Oliveros:The Difference between Hearing and Listening: "Sounds carry intelligence. If you are too narrow in your awareness of sounds, you are likely to be disconnected from your environment. Ears do not listen to sounds; the brain does. Listening is a lifetime practice that depends on accumulated experiences with sound; it can be focused to detail or open to the entire field of sound. Octogenarian composer and sound art pioneer Pauline Oliveros describes the sound experiment that led her to found an institute related to Deep Listening, and develop it as a theory relevant to music, psychology, and our collective quality of life."

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Source: YouTube

Documentary: Notes on Blindness

Notes on Blindness - Into Darkness: This is a film trailer for a documentary film about an interactive VR-project based on the audio diaries of writer and academic John Hull who began keeping a record on audio-cassettes to help him make sense of the upheaval in his life as he became blind over time. The film "Notes on Blindness" was directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney. Source: YouTube

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Soundscape: Mechanical Bird Sound

Mechanical singing bird mechanism. "Made around 120 years ago in Paris, probably by Bontems. In the film can identify all the major parts and see them working together to make the sound. The mechanism was in a rusted and seized state and has been restored. Surprisingly the bellows are in good original condition. Source: YouTube

Friday, February 26, 2016

Lecture: Soundscape and Communication

Communication within the Soundscape (26:09) David Dunn's Leonardo Art and Science Evening Rendezvous presentation on March 31, 205. Dunn is an Assistant Professor of Sound Art and Design in Music and Digital Arts and New Media at UC Santa Cruz. He is a composer, artist, and bio-acoustic researcher who prefers to lecture and engage in site-specific interactions or research-oriented activities. Much of his work is focused upon listening strategies and technologies for environmental sound monitoring in both aesthetic and scientific contexts.