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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Research: Hearing Color

What Is It Like To Hear Color? (9 min.) Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color -- and yes, even listen to faces and paintings. Source: YouTube and TED Talks.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Soundscape Composition: Kyle Leeper

Soundscapes | kyle leeper (1:15) A short soundscape video by Joe Pease in which a skateboarder negotiates the obstacles of San Francisco's urban landscape with a soundtrack of field recorded sounds. Source: Vimeo

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Soundscape: Sound Designer

Portrait of A Sound Design Artist (3:43) By Josh Bennett. "A man standing alone in a shed hitting a bath with a mallet could be seen as mad, but in the world of sound design, it's the norm. Ali Lacey is an eccentric sound design artist, and this short portrait allows us a closer look into the world of sound design." Source: VIMEO

Monday, February 10, 2014

Documentary: John Hull

Notes on Blindness (12:15) By Peter Middleton and James Spinney. After the writer and theologian John Hull became completely blind in 1983, he kept an audio diary of his experience. This film is a dramatization using those recordings. Hull is the author of Touching The Rock: An Experience of Blindness, and excellent text on attentive listening. Source: The New York Times - VIMEO.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Education: Tubular Communicator

Communicador Tentaculos (4:49) (Portuguese) The old tin can and a string concept is updated in this playground installation made from flexible plastic conduit that enables several children at one time to communicate from one part of a playground to another. This devices invites curiosity about sound and how it travels from one location to the other.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Soundscape Installation: Quad Generator

Quad Soundscape Generator (8:37) "A realtime soundscape generator for tabletop surfaces. Perceptual classifications of sound and environment are being used to get an holistic management of the sound by the user, being complemented with adaptative mapping techniques commanded by the logic engine. In this way we want to control the whole system away from the rational analysis used daily in the creation and manipulation of sound." Headphones recommended. Source: Vimeo

Monday, December 30, 2013

Research: Haida Gwaii Earthquake audio

Haida Gwaii Earthquake Documented (4:24) seafloor hydrophones picked up the low-frequency rumbles from a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck central Moresby Island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago at 8:04PM PDT, 27 October 2012. The sound of the earthquake, along with the calls of humpback whales in the area can be heard. Source: Neptune Canada and YouTube.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Soundscape Installation: At the Edge of Wilderness

At the Edge of Wilderness (5:00) At the Edge of Wilderness is a 52-minute installation about mining ghost towns in Southern British Columbia, Canada. Photographs and sounds were gathered in 2000 for Industrial Ear, a group show produced by the Western Front in Vancouver. What originally was a five-projector slide and soundscape installation, commissioned by the Western Front with assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, has been adapted to a video presentation on DVD. Florence Debeugny, Photographer and Hildegard Westerkamp, Composer. Source: YouTube