Archive for the 'Articles' Category

21
Oct
09

Music and Memory: An Introduction, by Bob Snyder

Disclosure: I am a former student of Bob Snyder’s and took part in the classes that the book was developed from.

Music and Memory approaches the study of sound-in-time from that of cognitive psychology, time theory, cultural relativism (not in a dogmatic sense) and nearly every other possible discipline but Western music theory. It’s very refreshing, and a crucial read for any artist working in sound. Including, especially, music.

21
Oct
09

Casey O’Callaghan – research on philosophical questions about perception

Casey O’Callaghan: “My research focuses on philosophical questions about perception. In particular, I have written about auditory perception and the nature of its objects. This work stems from a more general interest in how perceptual experience relates to its objects and how it shapes our understanding of the natures of those objects…” Valuable ideas for those who work with events that occur over time.  Links to articles and books.

28
Nov
08

Feel the noise: the art and science of making sound alarming

Continue reading ‘Feel the noise: the art and science of making sound alarming’

28
Nov
08

Finding meaningful patterns in meaningless noise

Interesting article in Scientific American on how our cognitive apparatus tries to create sense from noise, even if there is no sense to be had.

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.