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The Super Bowl and Noise

NFL Super Bowl Today! (And the Attendant Noise.) I have posted about loud football stadiums before on this blog.  But since today is Super Bowl day, 2014, I thought I would update the ‘noise in stadiums’ issue. First, let me … Continue reading

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The Fall and the Rise of Leaf blowers

The Fall and the Rise of Leaf Blowers    Why do people use leaf blowers? Do they really think that blowing their leaves off their yards and driveways will achieve anything, other than deafening themselves and others? And annoying the … Continue reading

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Pedro Reyes – Weapons into Instruments

Weapons into instruments – Pedro Reyes A couple of weeks ago I found a link on Buzzfeed to the work of Pedro Reyes.  His work fits perfectly into the recent theme of this blog – the link between making music … Continue reading

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Noisy Nature

Noisy nature Most of the time this blog looks at how loud/noisy humans are.  Today, we will look at/listen to some of the ‘non-human’ world. (We don’t want to be too anthrocentric!) Critters in nature also make noise/sound, sometimes to … Continue reading

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Banging pots and pans

The banging of pots and pans This blog has talked a lot about how sound and noise has been used to control people, to punish people, to torture people (see previous posts.)   But sound/noise also functions as a tool for … Continue reading

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Toronto and Jets

Toronto and Jets No, not football Jets and not hockey Jets.  But the ones that fly in the sky. If you don’t know Toronto, there is an international airport just north of the city, Pearson Airport. This is the main … Continue reading

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World Forum of Acoustic Ecology

World Forum for Acoustic Ecology Everyone who is interested in sound and noise and the intersections between the two should know about The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. It is an international organization that focuses on sound,  soundscape and ‘acoustic … Continue reading

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Mark Smith, update

Mark M. Smith (again) I have mentioned Smith’s work before, and directed you to some of his articles. Today I want to direct you to a wonderful book he published in 2007 – Sensing the Past: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, … Continue reading

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Bird Be Gone

Bird Be Gone Apparently pigeons like hanging out in subway stations. And if you have enough (what makes enough?) pigeons, they produce a LOT of droppings. And the people who run subways would prefer that there be fewer pigeons, and … Continue reading

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Drones

Drones Drones are now a common part of military equipment. When we read about them, we are mostly reading comments about their abilities to ‘search and destroy’, usually targeting humans. Depending on your politics, you either see them as ‘good’, … Continue reading

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