Sound Ledger¹ (DeLillo, Temple, Cameras)

Audio culture by the numbers

7: Number of times the word “silence” appears in the pages of Don DeLillo’s 2020 novel The Silence

108: Number of times a Buddhist temple bell is rung to note the year’s end

36: Number of “noise cameras” currently installed in Taiwan (December 2020)

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¹Footnotes: 108 bells: Noise cameras:

Originally published in the January 4, 2021, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter (

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