Archive for April, 2008

27
Apr
08

Four Sound Effects That Made TV History

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop did a remarkable amount of exploration into sound synthesis and processing. Check out this article with video/audio clips.

The Rephlex compilation music from the bcc radiophonic workshop is a good place to start if you are interested in hearing more.

16
Apr
08

A city where you can’t hear yourself scream

They spent five years studying noise levels across the city and concluded in a report issued this year that the average noise from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. is 85 decibels, a bit louder than a freight train 15 feet away, said Mustafa el Sayyid, an engineer who helped carry out the study.

But that 85 decibels, while “clearly unacceptable,” is only the average across the day and across the city. At other locations, it is far worse, he said. In Tahrir Square, or Ramsis Square, or the road leading to the pyramids, the noise often reaches 95 decibels, he said, which is only slightly quieter than standing next to a jackhammer.

Apparently Cairo has an insane urban noise problem.

03
Apr
08

Stockhausen – On sound and composition

Interesting lecture on the origin of composition for sound. He gets close to the idea of sound works being outside music… you can almost hear that barrier in his mind get pushed.

01
Apr
08

FET Preamp Cable

Someone’s made a phantom-powered DI box and put it inside of a Neutrik 1/4″ connector.