Lyd – til glede og besvær

“(..)if you think it´s too loud, it´s way too loud”

– Seth Horowitz: The universal Sense: How hearing Shapes the Mind

Støy defineres gjerne som uønsket lyd hvilket viser tydelig at det også til en viss grad er et subjektivt og situasjonsbestemt fenomen: en manns støy er en annen manns musikk, en rockekonsert kan være euforisk for en publikummer og enerverende for naboen som prøver å sove vegg i vegg med en hjemme alene-fest. Men støy som fenomen kan fort få langt alvorligere konsekvenser enn dårlig nattesøvn.

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Listening intentions, sound-pollution and singing tapestries

The SoundscapeIn an earlier post on this blog I mentioned the book “The Soundscape” by Canadian composer and writer R. Murray Schafer. The word “soundscape”, one of Schafer’s designs, is used to describe our sonic environment, all of the everyday sounds which surrounds us in our lives. Schafer talks about how these soundscapes have changed as a result of our ever-changing society. The sonic onslaught of the Industrial Revolution, and the ever-spreading urbanisation of the world forever altered our natural sonic surroundings, filling them up with ever more sounds, both pleasurable and otherwise. Continue reading

Accoustic overload – the soundscape of our time

The word “Soundscape” is a term coined by the composer and writer R. Murray Schafer which means our ever-present sonic environment. Through history this soundscape has continued to increase in complexity as the world of the post-industrial revolution continues to evolve.

As our awareness concerning the dangers of toxic waste and environmental pollution grows, there is however a lack of awareness concerning the ever-increasing pollution of our sonic environment.  In his book “The Soundscape – Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World” Schafer brings attention to the importance of discerning between different kinds of sound; the ones that enrich us contributing in the creation of healthy environments and the ones which acts as sonic polluters. Continue reading