Archive for the 'Hearing and health' 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.

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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.

19
Oct
09

Lower the Boom

Lower the Boom is an acoustic ecology organization focused on identifying issues with extremely loud stereo systems in vehicles, and finding ways to address them in the community. While part of me likes the cars that go boom, part of me also sees how disruptive they can be.

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.

10
Sep
07

The House Ear Institute’s Hearing health education page

Great info and tips on preserving your hearing at the HEI’s hearing health education page.

10
Sep
07

Typing injury FAQ

Seems tedious but many artists, musicians, and engineers are plagued by repetitive strain injuries.

10
Sep
07

We hear with more than our ears

Fascinating research on how our skull can help us hear frequencies above what our ears can pick up – http://www.tinnitus.vcu.edu/Pages/Human%20Skull%20Response.PDF – this is why the CD sampling rate of 44.1 KHz is NOT enough.