Author Archives: thenoisecurmudgeon

An interesting article to read – in quiet.

  As Bilal Qureshi says in this piece from the Washington Post, we are inundated with sound/noise; it is hard to escape it, and yet many of us feel a deep desire to do so.  The piece discusses a few … Continue reading

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Bamboo

Bamboo Forest in Japan My spouse sent me a link to a piece about the Sagano Bamboo Forest in Japan.  What a lovely looking place!  It is one of Japan’s “governmentally recognized soundscapes”. If you get a chance to go, … Continue reading

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Noise in Switzerland

We should have guessed, perhaps, that the Swiss would be all over noise problems.  And indeed they are.  Apparently they have had policies about noise control for 30 years! Amazing.  And now they are going to spend billions of francs … Continue reading

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Restaurant Noise

Here is an interesting piece from NYT food critic Pete Wells. He writes about how noise in a restaurant can be a problem, but can also be a pleasure. “Everything about the restaurant experience is designed to speed those things … Continue reading

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Music and your Head

Music and your Head Huh? My dear spouse sent me this link to an old SCTV episode, starring a very young Kathleen O’Hara. As you will see, she is using a Sony Walkman; I think perhaps a cassette playing one, … Continue reading

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Leaf Blower Update from the West Coast

Yay for this guy in Saanich, BC, near Victoria.  He has been working hard on getting gas powered leaf blowers banned.  And now he is taking a petition to Saanich city council to push them to change their by-law.  Best … Continue reading

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Noise in Boston

Here is an article about noise/sound research being done in four parts of Boston.  You can check out the Community Noise Lab Works site, which is working with these communities on noise issues. Who knows what will happen, but it … Continue reading

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