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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Documentary: Sound of Silence

The Silence of Negative 13 Decibles (1:44) The anechoic chamber at Orfield Labs in Minneapolis is the quietest place ever measured on earth as claimed by the Guinness World Record organization. Source Vimeo.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Documentary: Jim Metzner

The World of Vibration with Jim Metzner (11:00) Interview with sound pioneer, Jim Metzner, executive producer of Pulse of the Planet. Created by Digital Media Production Students at SUNY New Paltz, New York. This video is a brief overview of 40 years of recording sound.  It may be of interest to anyone faced with the challenge of archiving and sharing their life's work! Click to hear Pulse of the Planet podcasts. Source: YouTube.  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Soundscape: Two On Distrative Listening

Here are two short videos that explore the distraction that has become a part of everyday life in those cultures focused around the use of mobile technologies.

I Forgot My Phone (2:10) Directed by Miles Crawford. Cell phones are everywhere and affect human interaction as this short comedy-drama films shows so well. Source: YouTube

Nobody's Listening (1:17) A short film by John Seabright demonstrating how many people today simply listen to mp3players while outside than actually listen to the acoustic world around them. Source: Vimeo

Friday, January 2, 2015

Noise Issues: Road-Zone Effect

The Road-Zone Effect (4:38) by Scott Wolfe. A binaural sound video project that explores the affects of sound from Highway 77 in Kenedy County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Documentary: In Pursuit Of Silence (trailer)

In Pursuit Of Silence (4:12) Transcendental Media is producing a new documentary about silence; our relationships with sound; and the impact of noise. This is an introductory video to the film in production. Source: Vimeo

From the producers web site: "In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative film about the value of silence, our relationship with sound, and the implications of living in such a noisy world. From the Desert Fathers of the third century AD who became the model for Christian monasticism to John Cage’s seminal work 4’33” which would go onto inspire a generation of artists, humankind has had a long fascination with silence. In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. We struggle to hear ourselves think, imagine, and connect with one another. Offering audiences a contemplative cinematic experience, the sights and sounds of this film will work its way through frantic minds, into the quiet spaces of hearts, and help shape a new vision of being."