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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Documentary: Villages use whistle communication

Remote Village Communication (3:30) For centuries, residents of Kuşköy have communicated over rural Turkey's vast distances with kuş dili, which literally means "bird language." Like other forms of whistled communication, kuş dili arose in a region where the rugged ground and sparse population made travel difficult even over short distances. A whistle can reverberate for more than a kilometer, according to Kodalak. "If you can't make your voice heard over a long distance, you could also make a chain with different people relaying the message." Read More (Atlantic Magazine) 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Education: Hearing and Age

How Old Are Your Ears? (1:38) A fun and simple test (use your headphones) to see how old your ears are given their ability to hear various frequencies. 

Noise Issues: Acoustic Impact of Wind Warms

Wind Farm Acoustics (3:03) The TV program "El medi ambient" of TV3 (Catalonian Television) explores the environmental acoustic impact of wind farms. Source: YouTube

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Soundscape: Inside the Dzong de Punakha Bhoutan

Inside the Dzong (2:09) The Dzong of Punakha, in Bhoutan, houses the sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Nigawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa. The Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and MoChhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley. (Reference: Wikipedia) Source: YouTube 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Research: Codified Space

Codified Space (4:37) "Architecture is a system of signs that structure patterns of social use, but what happens when a building falls into disuse and no longer serves the function for which it was originally intended? Does it continue to transmit its own secret signals? Codified Space metaphorically links eroded signs in a car park with distorted sonic signals - based on diegetic location sounds.A practice based research project supported by Norwich University College of the Arts, UK." Video by Justin A. Scott. Source: YouTube

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

World Listening Day 2013: Sound Pedaling

Sound Pedaling (17:43) by Antonio Mainenti.  This is a project that Mainenti undertook for World Listening Day 2013 exploring the soundscape by bike with every acoustic element of the bicycle's movement captured by contact microphones. A route map forms a score that takes us on this acoustic journey. Read moreL (in English and Italian)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Noise Issues: Underwater sounds

Unsolved Underwater Sound (2:06) This ocean update video addresses unsolved sources of underwater sounds recorded by NOAA. Source: YouTube

Sunday, August 11, 2013

World Listening Day: Sounds Of Minneapolis

Sounds of Minneapolis (1:46). The Minnesota Daily staff went about capturing the everyday sounds of the city that are rarely noticed in the soundscape of daily life. World Listening Day, July 18, 2013. Source: Minnesota Daily and YouTube.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

World Listening Day: A moment to listen and feel

Un Instante Para Escuchar Y Sentir (1:27). This short video by Enrique Maraver explores a moment of quiet listening and awareness of the soundscape celebrating World Listening Day, 2013. Source: YouTube.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Education: What Makes This Sound?

This is a series of videos that encourage attentive listening and the identification of specific sounds. Simply play the sound and guess where the sound comes from. These are informative challenges for pre-school children to explore. Developed by Christopher William Thorne. Source: YouTube

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Soundscape: Passageway

Non Place: Passageway (6:15) This is an urban cinematic exploration of a narrow passageway which links two shopping districts together through nodal entrances at either end. Within this walled setting, social actors subconsciously play out their narratives as they journey in a linear direction through it, towards unknown purchasing resolutions. Video by Justin Ascott. Source YouTube.