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R. Murray Schafer

Mr. Schafer died on August 14th, age 88. He was a Canadian composer, and he was also very much part of the critique of noise in the world. It is he who made the phrase “soundscape” popular. Here is his … Continue reading

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I lost my ears in San Francisco

Well, OK, that is not a very good riff off the old song made so famous by Tony Bennett. BUT – apparently the Golden Gate Bridge has started humming in the past year or so. And the ‘noise’ is driving … Continue reading

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The noise/sound of others eating

Do you hate the sound of other people eating, chewing, swallowing, etc. ? IF so, you are not alone. You have what is called ‘misophonia’ (nothing to do with miso soup, in case you were wondering.) New research has discovered … Continue reading

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whales and noise (again)

Yes, more on the impact of noise on whales (and other sea life.) I have never been sure if whale watching is a good thing – for the whales. Fun for us, but maybe not so much fun for them. … Continue reading

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Mars

The god of war? Maybe. But not today. This recording is of Ingenuity, the helicopter flying around up there on the planet Mars. NASA has isolated and enhanced the sound so we can hear it. It is sort of cool … Continue reading

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Noise and the Sea

I just watched the documentary “Sonic Sea”. This film, from 2017, tracks the impact of human noise on the sea and the various creatures who live there. If you ever wanted a really good reason to NEVER go on a … Continue reading

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OOOPs.

I just sent out a posting that was intended for the International Jazz Day site. Please ignore! Craig

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International Jazz Day, 2021

Once again, we have to postpone IJD events for April 30. We HOPE to do something this fall, when things are closer to normal and we can have ‘real’ events. You can still celebrate IJD with the IJD organization. Here … Continue reading

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Noise and Trees

(A pinyon pine seedling.) It is not that noise directly affects trees, though I would not be surprised if that were the case. This article is about a study of pinyon trees in New Mexico. A good number of these … Continue reading

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Toronto

For those of you who live in Toronto, or visit Toronto, here is recent information about noise by-laws in Toronto.

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