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Friday, September 27, 2013

Documentary: Bernie Krause Tonjäger

Bernie Krause Tonjäger (4:08) Bernie Krause has recorded and researched more than 15,000 sounds of different animal species. He notes in his new book that the universe of animal sounds is much more multifaceted than is assumed: fish communicate acoustically, monkeys sing in the choir. This documentary accompanies Bernie Krause into the field and talks with him about the unique sound of  natural soundscape. (German language) Source: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Soundscape: The Olympic Wilderness

If Wilderness Could Speak (5:11) If the wilderness could speak, what would it say? At Olympic National Park the wilderness doesn't just sings! Enjoy the symphony of nature in one of the most acoustically diverse wilderness areas of the country as we follow the wilderness cry from the alpine region of the Olympic Mountains down through the canopies of the old growth forests and temperate rainforest into the raging waters of the wilderness coast. With 95% of its land a designated wilderness, Olympic National Park protects a unique and endangered resource: natural sound. Source: US National Park Service. YouTube

Monday, September 23, 2013

Soundscape Installation: Tree Ring Recording

Tree Ring Recording. (2:13) A record player that plays slices of wood. Year ring data is translated into music, 2011. Set-up includes a modified turntable, computer, and related equipment. Click2Read related article: 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Soundscape: Sounds of Interstellar Space

Sounds of Interstellar Space (1:02) NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft captured these sounds of interstellar space. Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma, or ionized gas, from October to November 2012 and April to May 2013. Source: YouTube

Related article: Voyager is Sending Us The Sounds of Interstellar Space (Source: The Daily Beast) Click2Read 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Documentary: Bernie Krause - Sound of Extinction

Sounds of Extinction (1:49) For musician and "soundscape ecologist" Bernie Krause the authentic sound of the wild can be more disturbing than any synthesized film score. 

For 44 years Krause has traveled across the globe recording the sounds of the natural world and has amassed an archive of more the 4,500 hours and over 15,000 individual creatures. But perhaps the most remarkable part of Krause's back catalog of nature's orchestra is that that around 50% comes from now silent or extinct habitats.

Source: CNN

Friday, September 6, 2013

Noise Issues: Road Noise and Barriers

Road Noise Barriers (3:10) On the international day of noise awareness Ingeniería para el Control del Ruido (ICR) analizes the effectiveness of highway acoustic barriers to preserve the acoustic comfort of near by residences. A problem, as noted in this video, is that most of the barriers are installed without having the required height in order to attenuate noise. Spanish with English subtitles. Source: ICR and YouTube