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Sound Ledger¹ (Culture of Noise, Voices of Narwhals)

Audio culture by the numbers

71.4: The percentage of Sheffield, England, residents stating a preference for birdsong “coming into their living area from outside”

17.5: The percentage of Beijing, China, residents stating a preference for birdsong “coming into their living area from outside (music was preferred, at 60%).

500: The potential percentage growth of vessel noise in the Canadian Arctic in the next few years

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¹Footnotes: Sheffield + Beijing: bloomberg.com. Arctic: newyorker.com.

Originally published in the September 6, 2021, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter (tinyletter.com/disquiet).

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Sound Ledger¹ (Taking Measure of a Sound Cannon)

Audio culture by the numbers

162: The maximum output in decibels of a sound cannon approved for purchase by a local police department in New York State

12,262: Price in dollars of the device

90: Volume in decibels above which a pending state law would outlaw for “acoustic weapons”

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¹Footnotes: All three items this week: timesunion.com

Originally published in the August 30, 2021, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter (tinyletter.com/disquiet).

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Sound Ledger¹ (Quiet Parks, Australian Noise, Crowdsourced Audio)

Audio culture by the numbers

260: The number of places around the world being considered for recognition by Quiet Parks International (more in the most recent issue of This Week in Sound).

362: The highest penalty, in Australian dollars, for noise pollution by motorists. That’s in Victoria. It’s cheapest in Western Australia ($100).

1,500: The estimated number of crowdsourced audio elements in theatre maker Marike Splint’s immersive 32 Acres sound installation at Los Angeles State Historic Park

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¹Footnotes: Parks: cnn.com. Australia: au.news.yahoo.com. Crowdsource: dailybruin.com.

Originally published in the August 23, 2021, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter (tinyletter.com/disquiet).

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Sound Ledger¹ (Regional Lifespans, Songbird Implants, Nature Sounds)

Audio culture by the numbers

13: The disparity, in years, of life expectancy for individuals living in Denver, Colorado, based on where they live, due to factors including noise pollution.

14.4: The weight, in grams, of a tiny, wireless, battery-free device that can be implanted in songbirds to aid scientific study

184: The percentage increase in overall health of individuals exposed to the sounds of nature

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¹Footnotes: Denver: denverite.com. Songbird: nature.com. Nature: smithsonianmag.com.

Originally published in the April 5, 2021, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter (tinyletter.com/disquiet).

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Sound Ledger¹ (Atypical Speech, Tokyo Noise, Virtual Synths)

Audio culture by the numbers

7.5: The number of people, in millions, living in the U.S. who have difficulty using their voices.

30: The percentage rise in Tokyo noise complaints to police between March and April 2020, after schools were closed due to the pandemic.

2,217: The number of free synthesizer modules (out of 2,504 total, the others requiring a one-time fee per user account) in the module library of the free VCV Rack virtual emulation of a modular synthesizer (vcvrack.com). Other modules are available outside the library, as well.

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¹Footnotes: Voices: wsj.com. Tokyo: nytimes.com. VCV: vcvrack.com.

Originally published in the March 1, 2021, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter (tinyletter.com/disquiet).

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