In this interview, Ryan Singer, Product Manager at 37signals, explains how to tackle design problems and how to design for your users.
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Once long past, listening gave clues for survival. Now we listen unconsciously, blocking noise and tuning in to what we want to hear. Yet the unwanted sounds we filter out tell us a lot about our environment and our lives. Broadcaster Teresa Goff listens for the messages in our walls of sound.
As civilization has become more mechanized, more urbanized and more digitized, the amount of noise has increased in tandem. This noise, according to Garrett Keizer, author of The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book about Noise , "is a window for understanding some of the paradoxes and contradictions of being human." If you take the sum total of all sounds within any area, what you have is an intimate reflection of the social, technological, and natural conditions of that place.
Hildegard Westerkamp, a founding member of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, says that "Environmental sound is like a spoken word with each sound or soundscape having its own meanings and expressions." So when you listen to the noise, what does it have to tell you? "Noise is a pit of interpretation," says noise musician Brian Chippendale. Broadcaster Teresa Goff goes into the pit with her documentary, The Signal of Noise.
Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a “solar-powered jukebox.”
Some Terms May Not Apply: Learn to Skim a Terms of Service Contract, Pay Less for Apps, and Work Better with White Noise
This week on the Ask Lifehacker podcast, we’re learning how music affects your ability to work, getting great deals on mobile apps, and protecting your passwords on public Wi-Fi networks. Also, Facebook blows a billion dollars on Instagram, terms of service contracts are no longer the ironclad documents companies wanted them to be, and a whole lot more.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK has called upon the skills of world leading sound recordist Chris Watson to introduce his beautiful wildlife recordings into the hospital soundscape.
This short piece blends interview material with Chris Watson’s breath-taking birdsong recordings to explore the therapeutic use of sound amongst Alder Hey’s young patients.
An interview with world leading sound recordist Chris Watson on the problems of noise, its threat to human health and its impact on the natural environment.
More information: http://onthenatureofthings.com/2012/01/18/chris-watson-on-noise/
Take a journey through incarnations of Thompson’s work mixed with psychedelic sound collage. Rare recordings like the original tapes from the famous road trip which became Hunter’s most well known work: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" are featured in this weeks installment. Also featured will be excerpts of H.S.T. lectures, and passages from his books. Even if your only image of Thompson is the one of Johnny Depp, you will be in for a treat in this special two hour episode of The Elastic Retreat. In the words of Thompson himself, in order to truly enjoy this show, "The mind & body must be subjected to extreme stimulus, by means of drugs and music." " name="DESCRIPTION
Historians are starting to listen, tuning their ears to the sounds of the past to gain a new understanding of times gone by.
Sound may be irretrievable in itself but references to hearing and listening resonate in many written records and can be highly significant for grasping a sense of how people thought in the past.
Australian historians are making key contributions to the field of sound history, in particular with the work of Professor Shane White and Graham White at Sydney University. They are specialists in African-American history, and together have written an acclaimed book on the sound history of slavery. They recover the sounds of plantation and urban life and document the differing responses from those who heard them.
How sounds are heard is crucial for Professor Mark Smith of the University of South Carolina. He is one of the pioneers in sound history, and has argued for the importance of sound in the thinking of Americans in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Meantime historians have begun to consider how Australia was heard in the past—from early explorers to the lead-up to Federation. Many of the themes from the American research resound here too—the power of silence, the appeal of uniformity, the question of noise—suggesting that sound history is going to be heard loudly in the future.
Shane White, Professor of History, University of Sydney
Mark Smith, Professor of History, University of South Carolina
Alan Atkinson, ARC Professorial Fellow, University of New England, Armidale
Diane Collins, Associate Dean, Conservatorium of Music, Sydney
Bruce Johnson, Docent and Visiting Professor , University of Turku , Finland
Cameron Fairweather, trumpet
Ingrid Heyn, sound performer
Manolis Mavromakis, reader
Michael Taft, sound performer
Class 4/3 S, St Brigid’s Primary School, Mordialloc
Title: The Sounds of Slavery
Author: Shane White and Graham White
Publisher: Beacon Press, Boston 2005
Title: Listening to Nineteenth Century America
Author: Mark M. Smith
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, 2001
Title: The Commonwealth of Speech
Author: Alan Atkinson
Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne 2002
Title: Talking and Listening in the Age of Modernity
Author/editors: Joy Damousi and Desley Deacon
Publisher: ANU Press, Canberra 2007
Title: De Anima Book II
The blogger, political philosopher, and commie Jodi Dean is the guest this week. She returns to discuss how the Occupy Movement fits into this Late Capitalist moment, and we look at both what is great about Occupy Wall Street and what the movement’s limitations might be. We spoke last Friday, right before Occupy Portland was scheduled to be evicted from two adjoining parks (Chapman and Lownsdale squares) in downtown Portland. The people of Portland made a terrific showing on the first night and thwarted police efforts to clear the park. Over 2000 people made the eviction impossible. However, the next day the city did manage clear the parks, but since then Occupy Portland has been popping up everywhere. A rolling protest is rolling through downtown and nobody knows quite where it will land.
It now Wednesday, November 16th, 2011, we’re a couple days late with the podcast. I’m Douglas Lain the host. I was there on Saturday night and early Sunday morning and you’ll here" name="DESCRIPTION
Il rumore del traffico di Milano: inquinamento acustico? O musica per le vostre orecchie? La risposta con audioscan. E’ il un progetto di un laboratorio di tecnologia audio. Ci faranno ascoltare Milano alle sette della mattina. Un simile progetto l’hanno realizzato anche Londra.
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