Apparently narwhals have been hard to track.  But recently, researchers were able to tag six of them with microphones.  Here is a New Yorker article about their findings. You can click on the hot links in the article to hear the Soundcloud recordings of these narwhals.

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Songbirds and Noise in Canada

Now that it is into spring, and birds are out singing, I thought I would connect you to this article about the impact of noise pollution on songbirds. Studies in Manitoba show that certain songbirds are altering their songs in order to be heard over the noise pollution in their environment.



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The Sound of Growing Plants

Well, in particular, the sound of rhubarb growing. Yes, you can hear it grow. At least when it is grown in the dark.

My dear spouse Mary found this link.  You have to check it out.  Firstly, because the sounds are very cool. And secondly, because it is NOT a sound/noise to complain about. Most of us will never have the chance to hear it in real life.  So enjoy the video, and the story.

Here is the link.




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The Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Today’s post is short, but introduces you to a group you probably have not heard of, doing something you probably have not thought of!

(Oh, and belated Happy New Year!)

I discovered this group the other evening when we went to see the documentary film “California Typewriter”.  Here is their description of what they do:

“A collective endeavor which engages in rhythmic typewriter manipulation combined with elements of performance, comedy and satire. BTO aims to entertain the masses while providing an outlet for the creative urges of its members.” (

As you will see/hear, this group uses typewriters to perform music.

Here is an initial link to one of their performances.

If you are interested in knowing more, here is their site.

Perhaps, if you have an old typewriter, you too could do what they do.

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Europe and noise

This article just came across my screen. Those Europeans are pretty serious about decreasing noise levels!



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Do you commute? If yes, read this!

This came across my screen today, as part of an alert.

A train

I am passing it on to you, the NC readers.  The key finding?  Commuting is a noisy endeavour!

The research was done in Toronto, so we even have Canadian content.  And at the end of it is a link to the research.



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Transit is Noisy!

Who would have thought that transit was noisy! My goodness, what an idea. Brakes, acceleration, bells, grinding, etc.  Yes, noisy.


Toronto’s TTC seems to fit the bill.  Read all about it here.

Definitely time to get those earplugs out.  They will also help block out the omnipresent onslaught of Christmas music.  (Can you find a place where there is NO Christmas music? Let us know!!)

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