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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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Sound Ledger¹ (Text-to-Speech, Cyberpunk 2077, Machine Learning)

Audio culture by the numbers

5: The estimated value, in billions of dollars, of the text-to-speech (TTS) market by 2026

800: Roughly the number of audio files overhauled in the troubled game Cyberpunk 2077 by an 11GB user mod

13,000: Roughly the number of piece of (Western) classical music processed by an machine-learning AI at EPFL’s Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab to discern patterns in the music’s development

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¹Footnotes: TTS: prnewswire.com. 2077: dsogaming.com. EPFL: epfl.ch.

Originally published in the February 8, 2021, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter (tinyletter.com/disquiet).

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Sound Ledger¹ (WHO, Mics, MIDI)

Audio culture by the numbers

9: The number of seconds one can safely be exposed to 120 dB of sound, according to WHO (World Health Organization)

6: The number of noise-reduction microphones in the Anker Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds, meaning just one more mic than there are words in the new product’s name

440 – 880: The range, in hertz, reportedly depicted in the new logo design for MIDI

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¹Footnotes: WHO: unb.com.bd. Microphones: cnet.com. MIDI: cdm.link.

Originally published in the January 25, 2021, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter (tinyletter.com/disquiet).

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Sound Ledger¹ (Mumbai, Speakers, Helicopters)

Audio culture by the numbers

100.7: The decibel level during festival season in 2020, Mumbai’s quietest in two decades

9.5: Estimated total sales (in billions of dollars) of speakers this year in China, the biggest market in the world

88,000: Roughly the number of helicopter flights between 2017 and 2019 in and around Washington, D.C.

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¹Footnotes: Mumbai: indiatimes.com. Speakers: statista.com. Helicopters: washingtonpost.com.

Originally published in the January 11, 2021, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter (tinyletter.com/disquiet).

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