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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Soundscape: Smoky Mountains - Fall

Fall: Smoky Mountains (2:55) Listen to the quiet soundscape of fall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that includes ridge upon ridge of forest that straddles the border between North Carolina  and Tennessee in the southestern United States. Source: YouTube.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Soundscape: Spring Rain and Birds

Spring Sounds (38:38) This is a single camera documentation of an April spring day in which the sounds of birds and an April shower can be heard. There is no geographical information with this video. It is a nice video to just sit watch as if you were on a screened porch letting the day go by, or having it play in the background of daily tasks. Source: YouTube

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Soundscape: Wetland Sounds

Wetland Sounds (:21) A chorus of peepers (frogs) and countless other creatures come to life after a long winter. The spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) is a small chorus frog widespread throughout the eastern USA and Canada. Click2Read more. Source: YouTube.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Soundscape: Barcelona's La Boqueria

La Boqueria (:59) The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona with the origins dating back to 1217. Source: Elphin Andy on YouTube.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Projects: Swedish Soundscapes

Cinematic Study (3:13) This is an abstract film study of the different soundscapes of the Swedish cities Lund and Malmö, done for an architectural workshop held at the Lund School of Architecture in 2007. Full credits: Peter Andrén, Axel Christian Borhaven, Magnus Casselbrant, Martin Falck, Sara Hellgren, Lovisa Lindström, Oliver Pershav, Aksel Widoff. Source: YouTube

Monday, May 20, 2013

Soundscape: Jindiji - Tokyo

Jindiji (1:57) A subtle soundscape of the Jindaiji temple area in Tokyo known for its botanical garden and soba noodles. There are over 20 soba restaurants and other shops around the park. This is one of many beautiful videos capturing the land and soundscape of Japan by Hioki Akihaur a.k.a. "hiokinskywalker". Videos are best viewed with headphones and full screen.  Source: YouTube 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Education: Listen To Nature Video

Listen To Nature (1:29) This "Listen to Nature" story was created as a part of a youth exchange project "Speak for Nature" which happened in Kolka, Latvia, from 4th to 13th of August, 2011. The project was carried out by society "homo ecos:" and project "Stories of Footprints" and supported by EU program "Youth in Action", Latvia's State Forests, CANON and "Greenmood" Source: YouTube

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Soundscape: Listening to Nature's Orchestra

Listening to Nature's Orchestra (1:13) "Listening to the sounds of the wild through a set of headphones makes you realise how much you have been missing. The natural world suddenly becomes alive in a way you have never seen before. 

In his book "The Great Animal Orchestra" author Dr Bernie Krause says: 
"Every place, with its vast population of plants and animals, becomes a concert hall, and everywhere a unique orchestra performs an unmatched symphony, with each species sound fitting into a specigic part of that score. It is a highly evolved, naturally occurring masterpiece." 

Working with Bernie over the years and playing a tiny part of his book has given us the inspiration to create a sound system that can easily be mounted on a safari vehicle and link everyone to the powerful microphones via individual headphones. The system will now become a permanent fixture on all of our private safaris."

Video by Derek and Sarah Solomon. Source: YouTube

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Interview: Stijn Dickel on Aifoon

What Is Aifoon? (11:10) Stijn Dickel discusses Alfoon, an arts education that focuses on listening and sound in its research on silence.  Aifoon (Ghent Belgium) stands for ai (Japanese for love) + foon (Greek for sound).  Ten years ago Alfon started its first workshops in schools with the question "How do you experience your way from home to school?" and "How would you translate this experience trough sound?" More and more we are realizing the importance of listening and to listen how other people are listening.

Aifoon also has a mini-European Network with Barcelona, London and Hailuoto (Finland) where it shares and remixes sounds and share and comment on auditive portraits of "the city". Click2Visit web site and The City Rings blog.

Related video: Stijn Dickel: Aifoon Interview (18:46) Dickel is the artistic director of Aifoon, Ghent.