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Monday, December 19, 2016

Exhibition: The Great Animal Orchestra,

Exhibition: The Great Animal Orchestra (6:31) From July 2, 2016 to January 8, 2017, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is pleased to present The Great Animal Orchestra, inspired by the work of American musician and bioacoustician, Bernie Krause. The exhibition brings together the work of artists from all over the world and invites the public to enjoy an aesthetic meditation, both aural and visual, on the animal kingdom, which is increasingly under threat in today’s modern world.

Read related article about the exhibition.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Lecture: Soundscape the new frontier

Soundscape Ecology: the new Frontier (43:17). Almo Farina presents a lecture on soundscape ecology as a promising discipline that will aid in understanding global threats of biodiversity loss and growing pressures under scenarios of the climate change. Dr. Farina is author of Soundscape Ecology: Principles, Patterns, Methods and Applications (Springer) Source: YouTube

Friday, November 25, 2016

Educational: Whale sound making

Why Do Whales Sing (5:12) “Communicating underwater is challenging. Light and odors don’t travel well, but sound moves about four times faster in water than in air — which means marine mammals often use sounds to communicate. The most famous of these underwater vocalizations is undoubtedly the whale song. Stephanie Sardelis decodes the evocative melodies composed by the world’s largest mammals.” TED ED lesson plan available.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Educational: Ecological Risk Assessment Process

The Ecological Risk Assessment Process (7:43) This video is an introduction to determining mitigation and monitoring through the ecological risk assessment process. Supplemental educational resources included. Source: Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) Project ( 

Educational: Hearing and Marine Fishes

Marine Fishes and Hearing (4:29) Video and educational materials related to the physiology of hearing in marine fishes. Source: Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) Project ( 

Educational: Hearing by Marine Mammals

Marine Mammal Hearing Video (5:11) An introduction to marine mammal hearing. This video includes extensive educational materials about underwater hearing. Source: Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) Project (

Educational: Science of Sound

What is Sound? (5:15). This video is an introduction to the science of sound and explores the following concepts:

• Sound is created by a vibrating object.
• Sound travels as a wave through a medium.
• A sound wave is an example of a compressional or longitudinal wave.
• The particles in a longitudinal wave move parallel to the direction in which the wave is traveling.
• A sound wave alternately compresses (areas of high pressure) and expands (areas of low pressure) whatever medium it is traveling through.

Source: Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) Project (

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Documentary: Soundscape

Soundscape - the world according to sound (13:45), The natural world tells unseen stories through sound - all are fascinating but also disturbing. This new science of soundscape ecology is tracking environmental change with small audio recorders and powerful computer processing. Catalyst discovers what we can learn from listening to nature. Source: ABCTVCatalyst. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Research: Jupiter's Aurora Soundscape

Juno Listens to Jupiter's Auroras (1:10)Thirteen hours of radio emissions from Jupiter's intense auroras are presented here, both visually and in sound. The data was collected when the spacecraft made its first orbital pass of the gas giant on Aug 27, 2016, with all spacecraft instruments turned on. The frequency range of these signals is from 7 to 140 kilohertz. Radio astronomers call these "kilometric emissions" because their wavelengths are about a kilometer long. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Research: Beauty of Everyday Sound

Sonic Images (13:03) Using examples from birdsong, the natural lilt of emphatic language and even a cooking pan lid, singer-songwriter and TED Fellow Meklit Hadero shows how the everyday soundscape, even silence, makes music. "The world is alive with musical expression," she says. "We are already immersed." Source: TED, YouTube.

Research: Sounding the City

Critical Approaches to Urban Soundscapes (13:47) The research project "Sounding the city" aims to explore, present and discuss the different critical approaches that feed the work of researchers and participating artists. This project had its starting point in the festival FASE in Berlin, and continued its path in Stockholm and Madrid, connecting to a permanent group of researchers (Alex Arteaga, Ricardo Atienza, José Luis Carles, Cristina Palmese and Monica Sand) with and local actors in each of the cities mentioned participants. Fieldwork in the spaces where the project is carried out will provide a common basis for reflection, dialogue and presentation of the resulting productions.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Research: Urban Soundscape

Controllable Urban Soundscape (2:37) Noise pollution is one of the most stressful things for the urban citizen. Long term exposure to noise from road, rail, and air traffic results in physiological and psychological stress, which indirectly may contribute to heart disease, and high blood pressure.

The vision of the TOR-project is to create oases of tranquillity in public spaces as a natural part of the city centre. Disruptive noise pollution from traffic, for instance, is silenced using advanced technology, providing a relaxing and peaceful space. IMCG is leading the project during the period 2014-2016, and is responsible for the development of innovation and new business solutions. Follow the innovation project at Source: YouTube

Friday, September 16, 2016

Research: Hospital Soundscape

The Future of Hospital Sound
(3:44) : A concept video by Yoko K. that explores the future of hospital soundscapes. Source: Vimeo.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lecture: How Sound Connects Us

How Sound Connects Us
(17:54) A TEDx presentation by Lisa Lavia and Harry Witchel. "Sound is all around us, but how often do we think about the impact it has on us and how it connects us to our environment?  In this unique talk, Lisa Lavia of the Noise Abatement Society and Harry Witchel from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School illustrate through a series of auditory demonstrations the importance of sound quality (rather than simply decibel levels) in the built environment." Source: YouTube

Monday, August 15, 2016

Soundscape: Rural Village Portugal

Rural Community: A beautiful non-verbal soundscape exploration of a small rural community. Credited as a residency project made in Montemor-o-Velho, a town and municipality of the Coimbra District, Portugal. By Sabina Jacobson, (2011) Fonlad Festival On Line De Artes Digitais. Source: YouTube.

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.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Soundscape: Ljubljana, Slovenia

onorous Ljubljana (40:00) This walk through Ljubljana starts on the Dragon Bridge and leads us through the central market place, along the streets, through courtyards, parks, libraries and suburban green areas that we may know but have previously only discovered with our eyes. Source: YouTube