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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Soundscape: Ice percussion

Baikal Ice Live Sound (4:26) The Ethnobeat Irkusk percussion group went to Lake Baikal and played on ice sheets located in the deepest frozen water in the lake. Source: YouTube

Lecture: R Murray Schafer WFAE Corfu Greece

WFAE Presentation - On Listening. (45:35) R. Murray Schafer's keynote speech at the 2011 World Forum for Acoustic Ecology in Corfu, Greece. Source: The Journal of Sonic Studies (JSS) an online, open-access journal (sonicstudies.org) which investigates how we can understand the impact and importance of sound, both on an individual and a general cultural level. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Soundscape: Terelj, Mongolia


Terelj, Mongolia (3:58) Beautiful and quiet soundscape. Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of the national parks of Mongolia. The Terelj tourist zone has a number of "tourist camps". It is connected with Ulaanbaatar by a paved road. The road comes to the Gorkhiin Davaa pass. Wikipedia. Source: YouTube



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Documentary: Invisible Places Sounding Cities


Invisible Places Sounding Cities by Raquel Castro. This short document video explores some of the soundscape concepts explored in the 2014 symposium on sound, urbanism and sense of place held in Viseu Portugal. About: http://www.invisibleplaces.org/ Source: Vimeo

Soundscape Installation: Living Symphonies


Living Symphonies  A landscape sound installation by James Bulley and Daniel Jones that grows in the same way as a forest ecosystem. It portrays the thriving activity of the forest's wildlife, plants and atmospheric conditions, creating an ever-changing symphony heard from a network of speakers hidden throughout the forest itself. Source: Vimeo.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Soundwalk: Organization and Practice

Hardieville Listening Walk  (8:56) Annie Martin leads a group of individuals on a listening walk in Hardieville, a residential neighborhood in the northwest quadrant of Lethbridge, Alberta. She explains the preparation for a sound or listening walk, the walk itself, and follow-up. Source: Vimeo

Soundwalk: Student Project

Soundwalk Project (:40) A short student video about the soundscape of modern life by Max Hug for a course titled Klick, Klang, Design. FH Dusseldorf, University of Applied Sciences. Source: Vimeo

Friday, October 2, 2015

Lecture: Sonic Architecture

Sonic Architecture with Don Hill (32min) Acoustic ecology tends to be overlooked by modern planners, designers, and architects. The European Union, however, is keeping an eye on urban racket as a possible ‘unfunded liability’ with future consequence for insurers and public health care. This is a lecture given at Pathways2Sustainability presentation (Calgary 2013). Source: Vimeo

Monday, September 14, 2015

Soundscape: South Bay Beach Day and Night

South Bay Beach Day and Night (2:26) Another in Andy Woodgate's acoustic-ecology videos that explores a soundscape environment under day and night time conditions. Source: YouTube 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Listening Walk: Mt. Beauty, Victoria Australia

Mt. Beauty, Victoria Australia (2:51) Alex Braidwood, while in residence at the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, led a Listening Walk that began with a very short introduction to the core ideas of acoustic ecology and active listening. Participants were then led on a walk that allowed for the investigation, appreciation and critical analysis of the surrounding soundscape. During the walk, participants were invited to experience the modified headphones, part of his larger Listening Instruments project. The walk concluded with a discussion in which participants shared and reflected on their experience. Source: Vimeo

Lecture: Sonic Architecture

Sonic Architecture  (33 min) A Pathways2Sustainability presentation with sounds and graphics (Calgary 2013) by Don Hill. Acoustic ecology tends to be overlooked by modern planners, designers, and architects. demonstrates a sound fix to remediate unpleasant noise—if you can't fix it, feature it! Source: Vimeo

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lecture: Acoustic Ecology in the City

Acoustic Ecology in the City (1:24) Professor John Levack Drever, Goldsmiths, gives a talk with projected graphics on building acoustics and environmental noise. This seminar is part of the UCL IEDELearn Designing for Sound series. (Jun 26, 2015) Source: YouTube

Soundscape: Valley Bridge Day and Night

Valley Bridge (2:46) A short acoustic-ecology film by Andy Woodgate that examines the soundscape of a transit and pedestrian bridge throughout the day and night. Source: YouTube

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Soundscape: Crane Trust Bison

Crane Trust Bison (7:16) The American Bison at the Crane Trust is one of the few genetically pure herds. Researchers are studying their restorative ecological role for cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River. Video by Eric Leonardson who observed this herd during the Grassland Soundscapes Workshop organized by the Global Sustainable Soundscape Network. Source: YouTube.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Interview: R. Murray Schafer, Composer


The Musical Mind #2: R. Murray Schafer, Composer (2:30) A short interview with R. Murray Shafer, a Canadian composer, writer, music educator and environmentalist, perhaps best known for his World Soundscape Project, concerning acoustic ecology. Source: YouTube.

Documentary: Undersea Noise in Puget Sound

Listening to the Undersea Noise in Puget Sound (3:17) A short introduction to the increasing risk of noise pollution to undersea life in Washington state's Puget Sound. Source: YouTube

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Documentary: Lisbon - The City is an Orchestra

Lisbon - The City is an Orchestra (Lisboa em Si) (1.05.30), had a very special goal: to explore the musical possibilities of a riverside city. On the 21st of June, 2013, Lisbon was the stage for an unique concert that gathered thousands of people, in a gigantic sound and social experience. The result was a seven minute musical composition, using horns from 22 ships, 6 fire department vehicles, 2 trains, 106 church bells from 19 churches and 6 electric tram bells. One hundred musicians performed live an original score, radio coordinated and scattered all over the historical riverside area of Lisbon. This Documentary tells a story of Lisbon for Lisbon... from its daily and urban sounds to an unrepeatable musical journey that belongs in the city’s musical history. Source: YouTube

Lectures: Listening Around The Corner


To co zni za rohem/ Listening Around The Corner (3.07.02). Here is the archived audio/video from Listening Around the Corner mini-symposium on Thursday, June 18 at Galerie Tranzitdisplay. Presenters included WFAE President Eric Leonardson, musician Brane Zorman, sculptor and curator Dagmar Šubrtová, botanist Helena Štorchová, musicians and travelers Peter Cusack and Lloyd Dunn. Low resolution. Source: YouTube.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Field Recording: Joshua Tree National Park

Ambisonic Field Recording: Joshua Tree National Park (2:43) Listen(n) is an interdisciplinary project that explores remote landscapes of natural environments through sound. A May 2014 field lab visited the Joshua Tree National Park (California) and recording in various locations. This video discusses the process. Source: Vimeo

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Soundscape Composition: Symphony of the Birds

Symphony of the Birds (4:49) In the 50's, Jim Fassett had an idea to take field recordings of bird songs and transform them on a tape machine, altering their pitch and reducing their speed in order to create actual songs from the singing of real birds. The result is what he called "The symphony of the birds". 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Documentary: Listen to Britain


Listen to Britain (19:00) A 1942 British propaganda short film by Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister. Consists of miscellaneous British scenes and sounds that illustrate wartime activities. These scenes and sounds include singing by women ambulance drivers and by service men at a canteen, war production at factories, lunchtime symphony concerts, and airplane detection units at work. The film was produced during World War II by the Crown Film Unit, an organization within the British Government's Ministry of Information to support the Allied war effort. The film was nominated for the inaugural Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 1943. Source: YouTube and Wikipedia

Soundscape: Venice

The following are short videos on YouTube by "solubleshark" that explore a soundscape environment (including musical sounds) as heard when moving through Venice. Often sound from more than one source can be heard at the same time. Such blending of sounds is sometimes thought of as noise, but it can actually be interesting if you one gives attention to what they are hearing




Venice Soundscape Mix (:57) Sounds of music practice coming from the music school, mingling with each other and also with the natural sound of bird song. The Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia is located near to the Academia bridge.

Source: YouTube

Monday, March 23, 2015

Education: What's Up With Noise

What's Up With Noise (12:37) The science, mathematics of sound, frequency and pitch by Vi Hart. Source: YouTube

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Soundscape: Golf Ball on Frozen Lake

Sound Of Golf Ball On Frozen Lake (:22) This is one of several online videos that document the echoing sound of tossed objects on frozen lakes. Source: YouTube.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Documentary: Sound of Glaciers

Chasing Ice (4:41) "On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water." The sound of this event is well captured in this short video document. Source: YouTube

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Soundscape: Documenting Industrial Age Sounds

Changing Sounds of an Industrial City. (1:32) Dr. Andrew Hill works with the Affective Digital Histories project to capture the sounds of industry in Leicester, UK. Source: BBC

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Soundscape: Willesden Junction at Dawn

Willesden Junction at Dawn (2:05) The Willesden Junction station is a Network Rail station in Harlesden, northwest London, UK. It is served by both London Overground and the Bakerloo line of the London Underground. London Sound Survey. Recorded 6:30am on Friday February 25, 2011. Source: Vimeo


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Soundscape: Barking Creek

Barking Creek (1:25) London Sound Survey Barking Creek, greater London, recorded at 7.30 on a Saturday morning. In the 1850s, the creek was home to England's largest fishing fleet, and the Victorian icehouse - where the fish were landed and stored prior to being transferred to London's fish markets. Barking Creek contains a small number of house boats. Source: Vimeo

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Projects: The Physical Sounds of Manhattan

Soundscape: The Physical Sounds of Manhattan (1:33) What does New York sound like? London-based art director and designer John Davies' project attempts to capture the music of Manattan neighborhoods in physical form. Read about project: http://www.johndaviescreative.com/soundscape

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Documentary: Resonant Architecture

Resonant Architecture (7:21) Since 2006, the Art of Failure collective has been sending bass frequencies into remarkable architectural structures. These experiences establish a dialog between architecture, the structures’ spatial components, and their geographic context – revealing building's specific acoustic and vibrating qualities. Read Article:  The Crushing Din of Buildings. Source: Vimeo

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


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."