Sound Ledger¹ (Cars & Satellites)

Audio culture by the numbers

1: Percent of people who said they would “call the police upon hearing a car alarm”

95: Estimated percent of alarms set off by “vibrations of passing trucks or glitches in the car’s electrical system”

31: Number of days of satellite imagery in a NASA sonificaton project that resulted in a “a waltz-inspired melody.”


Alarms: NASA:

Originally published in the June 20, 2022, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter. Get it in your inbox via

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