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What sounds did the people of Chaco Canyon hear during daily life? David E. Witt

Soundscapes in the past: Adding a new dimension to our archaeological picture of ancient cultures

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. Neal Herbert/NPS

Human noise pollution is disrupting parks and wild places

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.
It’s possible to create sound in a part of a room that only you can hear, but others elsewhere cannot. Shutterstock/Syda Productions

Just for you: how to create sounds that only you can hear in a venue

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.
After travelling through the bush, returning to the cacophonies of the sonic city can be exhilarating. drp

We need a new relationship with urban noise

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.
The consistent presence of sonic textures such as machine noise have significantly shaped the contexts of our hearing. MattysFlicks

Look, our voices sound different now, in case you weren’t listening

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.

Magnetic fields can control heat and sound

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. Wikimedia

Shaping up our ‘soundscapes’ can improve our lives

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. Lawrence English

The sounds around us: an introduction to field recording

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…

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