What sounds did the people of Chaco Canyon hear during daily life?
David E. Witt
We tend to think of archaeological sites as dead silent – empty ruins left by past cultures. But this isn't how the people who lived in and used these sites would have experienced them.
A red fox listening for prey under the snow in Yellowstone National Park. Noise can affect foxes and other animals that rely on their hearing when they hunt.
A recent study finds that noise from human activities is intruding into many parks and other protected areas. Creating quiet zones and noise corridors can help reduce impacts from noise pollution.
Vinyl is one thing but digital plug-ins which claim to emulate the analogue sound are a rose-tinted step too far.
A noisy environment can be hell for a person with autism. On the plus side, they are more likely to have perfect pitch than a non-autistic person.
When they hear the music, some people want to dance. Other shoppers want to flee.
Unlike vision or touch, sound is much more difficult to control or avoid; music in particular spills across thresholds and intrudes into situations where it is unwelcome.
No deep voices here.
Size doesn't always matter when it comes to the pitch of your voice, especially if you're an aquatic mammal.
The second-noisiest animal in the ocean, the snapping shrimp.
Dr Tullio Rossi
The oceans are filled with sounds produced by animals. However, a recent study shows that ocean sounds are diminishing due to nutrient pollution and ocean acidification.
It’s possible to create sound in a part of a room that only you can hear, but others elsewhere cannot.
Your own choice of music in a restaurant, your preferred language in a cinema, and a personal tour in a museum. All are possible if you can control the sound in almost any place.
A guard of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside Fatih mosque.
Unexpected calls to prayer from mosques in Turkey caught many off guard on the night of the attempted coup. An ethnomusicologist explains the political and social power of sound.
We will soon get to hear the winds on Mars.
Scientists are excited about sending a microphone to Mars for the very first time.
It's not only Brian Johnson who's at risk of deafness – are you around music a lot?
The X-wing fighters have been criticised for doing World War II dogfights in space.
YouTube/Star Wars (screen grab)
Some people love to pick holes in science fiction movies, such as Star Wars, especially when they stray from science fact. But does it really matter?
After travelling through the bush, returning to the cacophonies of the sonic city can be exhilarating.
After travelling through the bush, returning to the cacophonies of the sonic city can be exhilarating. The body is immediately swamped with an energy that speaks of action, progress, and possibility.
What does Cézanne’s Bathers sound like?
Sound art is nothing new. But do we really need it to appreciate the classics?
The consistent presence of sonic textures such as machine noise have significantly shaped the contexts of our hearing.
The intensity and the consistent presence of sonic textures such as machine noise, distorted high-frequency sounds, midrange drones, sub-sonic hums and the like have significantly shaped the contexts of our hearing.
Magnets have mysterious powers – now shown to influence heat and sound.
Magnet image via www.shutterstock.com.
Sound waves are made of particles called phonons. New research shows they're affected by magnetic fields, with researchers able to steer heat magnetically.
The Sound Tube in Melbourne, Australia is designed to reduce road noise.
We live in an increasingly noisy world. Since even low-level noise can affect quality of life, new tools to deal with noise are welcome. “Auralisation”, the audio equivalent of visualisation, is now helping…
A sleeping seal recorded, Antarctica summer, 2010.
In 1889, an eight-year old boy made a recording of a Common Sharma using his father’s wax cylinder recorder. This boy, Ludwig Koch, would go on to become one of the great natural history broadcasters of…
Horace Silver, 1989.
Musicians often have curious minds, and the pianist and composer Horace Silver was no exception. An often overlooked musician in the public eye, Silver wrote some of the most performed jazz standards of…
It has been almost a truism of television, in the discussions of professionals and the analyses of academics, that television broadcasting is a sound medium with added pictures, while cinema is a visual…