Sound Ledger¹ (QE2, Noise in Pune & Houston)

Audio culture by the numbers

7/16ths: The thickness in inches of the leather pad used to muffle Big Ben for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral procession.

1043: Number of noise complaints filed with police during the Ganesh Festival held in Pune, India, between August 31 to September 10.

2000: The fine, in dollars, for noise pollution in Houston, up from $1000 as of new rules passed in May


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Originally published in the September 12, 2022, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter. Get it in your inbox via

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