Sound ScapesCome with us on a journey through sound.
An experiment in background noise.
Having seen so many people fall asleep on subway trains, I wonder if the sound only would also be somniferous.
Using my cellphone I recorded the ride (including boarding and alighting) on the Toronto subway (line 1) from College Station, north to Sheppard/Yonge Station. There was always at least one person sleeping (or at least appearing to be asleep) during the ride.
Google Maps - goo.gl/aq97jR
So far, listening to the recording has not put me to sleep.
This is a recording I made at Woodbrook Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham UK while I was there in April 2017.
I got the idea to release it as a show after listening to hpr2354 :: Night Sounds in Rural Tennessee hosted by Jon Kulp so here it is all 15 minutes of it.
The centre is right by the busy A38 trunk road so hence the constant hum of traffic noise in the background.
Upon arriving at my parents' house tonight, I was struck anew by the incredible sounds of wildlife where they live in the woods. I decided to record and share with the HPR audience.
This is a follow up to show 0785 where I explained how and why I was recording 3d sound using my home made Binaural head phones, this episode is a standard morning commute waiting for Phantom Hawk to pick me up in his big yellow bus, enjoy.
In this episode I take a swim along a section of the Charente river near Chatain in the Poitou-Charente region of France. I start upstream at the bridge and go down as far as the weir, then back. On the way I describe some of the things I am seeing, I pass some cows and a couple of French fishermen.
Apologies for the audio quality and panting, this was recorded by an old MP3 player cable-tied to a woolly hat.
- Open Street Map - http://osm.org/go/0AFg6YkO
- Google Maps (Streetview available) - http://goo.gl/maps/8XPBr
- Wild Swimming Wikipedia Article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_water_swimming
- Roger Deakin Wikipedia Article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Deakin
Mark Waters http://about.me/markwaters
The Stanford marshmallow experiment (wiki) refers to a series of studies on delayed gratification in the late 1960s and early 1970s led by psychologist Walter Mischel, then a professor at Stanford University. In these studies, a child was offered a choice between one small reward (sometimes a marshmallow, but often a cookie or a pretzel, etc.) provided immediately or two small rewards if he or she waited until the experimenter returned (after an absence of approximately 15 minutes). In follow-up studies, the researchers found that children who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index (BMI) and other life measures. However, recent work calls into question whether self-control, as opposed to strategic reasoning, determines children's behaviour.
Back in episode 1058, OggCamp12 Hardware Hackers, (http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1058) we met Zack at the hardware village at OggCamp12. He was busy with his project to orchestrate music based on the movement of a Kite.
Today he sent us in a recording of a stream. Ideal to use as ambient noise in the workplace or in your audio dramas. He has uploaded it to www.freesound.org but we will also host the flac version of the original and of the edited show
hpr1085 flac version: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr1085.flac
Zack's original: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr1085/Zachary_De_Santos-NIISA_at_gmx.co.uk_Stream6.wav