This Week in Sound: Old France and Sonic Weapons …

Plus: music education, din-less dining, train woes, and The Strain

A lightly annotated clipping service:

Remarkable efforts are underway (witness the video above), thanks to Mylène Pardoen, in reconstructing what Paris sounded like in the 18th century. (Link via Margaret Schedel.) … At the BBC, Ian McMillan documents how avant-garde techniques were ingrained in the education of little kids. … The New York Times’ Jeff Gordinier looks into the battle to make dining in public less noisy. (Link via Bruce Levenstein.) … Lee Fang documents how the “acoustic cannon” has become a post-Ferguson feature of police forces, at … The comments section in Jay Barmann’s piece on the noise issues in the San Francisco Bay Area’s BART system make it clear we have no claim to notoriety. Nonetheless, there is welcome news that this linchpin for high-tech commuters may be getting an upgrade.

And finally, I love this little bit of monologue from the TV series The Strain, based on novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. This is a servant of the vampire master explaining to an anointed vampire how she will has been granted some access to her human self:

“The master has released his will enough for you to find yourself in him. Your thoughts, your memories, your voice. … Your voice ”“ you will feel it along with him, like tinnitus, or two speakers badly aligned. But they will tune in, and the ability to speak fluently will become second nature.”

That is from “Intruders,” The Strain season 2, episode 8. It first aired August 30, 2015.

This first appeared in the September 8, 2015, edition of the free Disquiet “This Week in Sound”email newsletter:

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