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The world we inhabit is ever shifting. People and animals are constantly on the move. Water laps against wood or crashes against a sandy beach. If considered from a somewhat solipsistic approach the buildings, trees and mountains around us even shift in position. With all of those positional changes comes a new sonic interaction. The squirrel’s chitter no is no longer to our left, the wave passes above us when we are under water, or the reflections of nearby traffic now reflect off of a different building of steel and glass…confusing its location. Space is not fixed nor are the elements within it.
This month, we look at that mercurial idea of “Space.”
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You can be forgiven for assuming Jack picked this picture, but it was all me…I knew he would approve though ;)
We have two words that are most commonly used to discuss how we interact with sound: hearing, and listening.
Hearing is a passive act. Pressure waves move our eardrums, the motion is converted to an electrical signal, and our brain tells us that there is a sonic phenomenon in the space around us…perhaps it even provides us with identifying information. It’s what comes after that is fascinating, when we stop to LISTEN to the source. The act of directing attention allows us to focus in on the sound, to the (albeit sometimes limited) exclusion of others. Sometimes the steering of that attention is a subconscious mechanism, but the act of listening is always a conscious one.
That’s our focus this month; “Listening.”
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I held off on the announce post for a few days, because we had a few articles that spilled over from last month’s theme. Now that we’re caught up, it’s time to dive into this month’s theme…Vehicles!
Do we really need more of an introduction than that? My guess is no. And sure, there’s a rail car at a drag race in the image above, but we’re not single-minded. There are boats, planes, jets, motorcycles, bicycles, and more that all fall into this category. We’re lining up some fun articles, but don’t hesitate to bring your experience to the table as well.
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Anechoic chambers aren’t necessarily “silent,” but what other image can you actually use to represent the subject. The nature of silence, like nearly every other aspect of sound, is truly a subjective idea, because true Silence…the complete absence of sound…is impossible to experience unless one has a medical condition which induces it. [If you want to get solipsistic, we don't even really have a way to confirm that THAT is an experience of Silence.] So, how do we then talk about Silence if it doesn’t exist? We focus on the the relationship between sounds that tells us something is quiet, the idea that a given source can be silent within an environment, and…of course…the subjective identification…the acknowledgement that we can experience silence, even if the world isn’t Silent.
Join us, as we take a moment of silence.
Next month’s featured theme will be “Vehicles.” Designing Sound is made special by the many volunteer contributors who come to us share their opinions and thoughts. If you’re inspired by this month’s theme or the next, or have something off-topic you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to contact: “shaun @ [this website]” …We look forward to hearing from you!
The Tonebenders Podcast has just released another “Soundbytes” mini-podcast that ties into our “Surround” theme for this month. Give it a listen, and don’t forget to subscribe to them on iTunes!