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Monday, July 29, 2013

Documentary: How dolphins communicate

Dolphins are Talking (2:28) The science behind how dolphins communicate is the subject of this short CNN Science segment. CNN's Chan Meyers interviews Michael Hunt of the Georgia aquarium. Source: CNN

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Soundscape: Death of an Iceberg

Death of an Iceberg (2:10) The death of an iceberg is surprisingly loud, according to new research published in the July issue of the journal Oceanography. The amount of energy released during the 20-minute breakup of one of these floating islands of ice in Antarctica is equivalent to the noise produced by about 214 supertankers. Source: National Geographic.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Soundscape Composition: Human Voice

Tom Thum (11:13) Australian beatboxer Tom Thum demonstrates the power of the human voice to replicate a diversity of sounds including insane beats, bizarre sound effects, voiceovers in the style of multiple eras and instruments like the didgeridoo, sitar, trumpet and double bass. All the sounds in this video are made with his voice.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Soundscape Composition: Tokyo City Symphony

Tokyo City Symphony: This is a project in two parts that was created for the 10th anniversary of an urban complex in Tokyo known as Roppongi Hills and posted on line in April, 2013. The theme is "Love Tokyo"

Part One: View a video in which brilliant abstract images are projected onto a 1:1,000 scale model of Tokyo. The video soundtrack is composed of those common sounds heard throughout the city and form a "symphonic" composition to accompany the changing graphics. Click2View Video 

Part Two: Participants can enjoy various motifs of the city: "Futuristic City," "Rock City," and a traditional Japanese "Beauty of Nature" motif by pressing the keys on a keyboard, as if playing the piano. Exploit the possibilities and make Tokyo more dynamic and exciting. Click2 Explore composing your own score.

Source: YouTube and Tokyo City Symphony.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Education: Soundwalk Experience with Children

A Soundwalk Experience (6:47) Lorelei (Sara Lenzi) conducted a soundwalk with children for the 2011 Tempo Reale Festival (Florence). Great experience, kids are so ready to catch sounds and the emotion of listening. Much more than us. (In Italian) Source: Vimeo

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Soundscape Installation: Manhattan Bridge Roars and Sings

Making The Manhattan Bridge Roar And Sing (14:26) Watch installation artist Eli Keszler and the So Percussion quartet make music of the city, by the city and for the city. The world premiere of their outdoor work uses lengthy piano wires strung to the Manhattan Bridge. The unique sounds reflect and concentrate urban energy in an unforgettable way. Source: NPR

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lecture: Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world

The voice of the natural world (14:48) TED Talk - Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes -- the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae -- for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature's symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning. Source: TED.