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Sound Ledger¹ (Loud Babies, Renovated Philharmonic)

Audio culture by the numbers

$10: Surcharge at a restaurant in Singapore for screaming children (in $U.S.)

$500,000,000: Cost of renovating what is now David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall), home to the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center home (in $U.S.)

170,000,000: Estimated number of vinyl records the current music global production resources are capable of printing annually

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¹Footnotes

Children: news.yahoo.com (via Boing Boing). Philharmonic: nytimes.com. Vinyl: washingtonpost.com.

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Sound Ledger¹ (Common Voice, AirPods)

Audio culture by the numbers

100: Number of voices now added to Common Voice, “a project to help make voice recognition open and accessible to everyone”

120: In millions, the estimated number of AirPods reportedly sold in 2021

75: The estimated percentage of teens in the U.S. reported to own AirPods

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¹Footnotes

Voice: gadget.co.za. AirPods: bloomberg.com.

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Sound Ledger¹ (Noise Cancelling, Polluting, Leveling)

Audio culture by the numbers

200: Total potential improvement, in percent increase, of AirPods Pro (2nd generation) for noise cancellation

30: Number of years during which it is estimated that noise pollution increases two-to-threefold

65: Percent of Europeans estimated to be living with hazardous noise levels

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¹Footnotes

Airpods: cnet.com. Noise: wapo.st (read without subscription).

Originally published in the September 20, 2022, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter. Get it in your inbox via tinyletter.com/disquiet.

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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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¹Footnotes

Elizabeth: theguardian.com. Ganesh: hindustantimes.com. Houston: houstonchronicle.com

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

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Sound Ledger¹ (Cars, Simians)

Audio culture by the numbers

103: Number of failed attempts a driver in Wales tried to use voice verification to pay a toll

43: Number of species of monkeys and apes lacking the vocal membrane, aka voice box, likely required for speech

13: Speed in MPH below which, after 2019 legislation by the UK’s Department for Transport, electric cars must emit warning sounds

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¹Footnotes

Wales: walesonline.co.uk. Box: newscientist.com. MPH: autoexpress.co.uk.

Originally published in the August 22, 2022, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter. Get it in your inbox via tinyletter.com/disquiet.

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