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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Documentary: Archiving Industrial Sounds

Changing Sounds of an Industrial City - Leicester (2:27) (BBC) This news segment focuses on the documentation of the sounds of industry in Leicester, UK. It is part of an Affective Digtal Histories project that "...explores the hidden and untold stores of the people who lived and worked in the former industrial buildings at two locations in the East Midlands: Leicester's Cultural Quarter and Clossop, a mill town in North Derbyshire." Source: BBC

Friday, November 28, 2014

Lecture: Soundscape Ecology: the new frontier in ecology

Soundscape Ecology: the new frontier in ecology  (43:17) Almo Farina is Professor of Ecology and vice-director of the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics at the University of Urbino, Italy. This is a video of his lecture on 10 July 2014 at Humbold University, Berlin. “I consider the field of soundscape ecology a true frontier of ecology, offering a new perspective to investigate the complexity of our world. I am sure that educating people in listening to the sounds of nature and those produced by human activity will guarantee a better understanding of the dynamics and roles of living beings.” Almo Farina (University of Urbino, Italy). Read more
Source: YouTube

Monday, November 24, 2014

Documentary: City Sound Composition

Urbaphonix (6:21) "The musicians of Urbaphonix listen to their soundscape and play, live and on-site with the technology, sounds, objects and people they encounter : the faithfully apply John Cage's advice "If a sound disturbs you, listen to it!"

"Directed by composer Michel Risse, Décor Sonore is a unique composition and production tool, aimed at sound creation for open spaces and street arts.

The city is Decor Sonore’s support and material for its dramatic investigation. Its creations indulge in sounds, resonances, harmonies of natural or industrial elements our everyday urban life is composed of, to offer us a unique perception of the world.Its unusual productions invite us to listen to our sound environment differently and re-invent our relationship to music.

Internationally regarded as one of the most innovating French companies, Décor Sonore offers the public uncommon entertainments combining drama, pyrotechnics, poetry, technology, humour, and, of course, musical creation. Its productions range from very intimate forms to huge events, and talks to every audience.

Source: Vimeo

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Soundscape Installation: Listen Sandy

Listen Sandy (2:23)  A public phone serves as a venue for telling stories about the experiences individuals had during hurricane Sandy when it struck the eastern coast of the United States.  This link takes you to a blog page with video, stills, and background information about this installation.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Education: La Contaminación Acústica

La Contaminacion Acustica (13:37) (Spanish) This program supports Physics and Biology education, as well as outreach activities contingent on environmental issues. The decibel scale is illustrated by examples from everyday life,  the different parts of the ear, and the dramatic effects of excessive noise in the sensory cells of inner ear are illustrated. It also describes the various physiological, psychological and sleep disorders effects caused by noise. Using graphics hearing loss by age and noise are illustrated. It ends with the presentation of Chilean standards set maximum permitted levels of noise. 

Source: YouTube

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Soundscape Composition: Industrial Soundscape

Industrial Soundscape (5:20) (Audio Only) Phillip R. Bloomfield writes, This is a soundscape I created to replicate a city industrial site using 'sounds within sounds'. Meaning I recorded real world sounds and manipulated the audio using methods such as reversing, time stretching, pitch shifting, panning etc and the adding of effects resulting in the discovery of a hidden world of sounds inside other sounds" Source: YouTube