Sound Ledger¹ (Alexa in Decline)

Audio culture by the numbers

$10,000,000,000: The amount Alexa is likely to cost Amazon this year alone

10,000: The number of jobs Amazon is reported to soon eliminate, including from the Alexa unit

8: The number years of years since the introduction of Amazon Alexa

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¹Footnotes

arstechnica.com + wikipedia.org

Sound Ledger¹ (Subtitles, Thailand)

Audio culture by the numbers

50: Percent of TV viewers using subtitles

55: Percent who find TV dialogue hard to hear

189: Number of noise complaints to Thailand’s Pollution Control Department this year from Bangkok, the capital (and noisiest city in the nation), out of a total of 718 (down from 766 last year)

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¹Footnotes

Subtitles: avclub.com, preply.com. Thailand: bangkokpost.com.

Sound Ledger¹ (Noise, Branding)

Audio culture by the numbers

4,858: Number of tickets issued for vehicular noise pollution in Islamabad, Pakistan, in the past six months

500,000: The number of consumer surveys that make up an an AI-powered service that aims to “predict the granular emotional impact of music” (it’s called OnBrand)

12,000,000: The number of “datapoints” in the OnBrand algorithmic engine

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¹Footnotes

Islamabad: thenews.com.pk. OnBrand: musically.com

Sound Ledger¹ (Diwali Edition)

Audio culture by the numbers

54%: The spike of sound pollution in one region of India during Diwali

125: The legal noise limit, in decibels, of firecrackers in that region

6: The number of hours in one day (from 6pm through midnight) during which the area’s 45db legal permissible limit was exceeded

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¹Footnotes

Diwali: outlookindia.com

Sound Ledger¹ (Quindar Edition)

Audio culture by the numbers

“Quindar-tones” are the twinned beeps best known from the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions. They’re named for Quindar Electronics, Inc., which produced the related equipment.

50: The difference in Hz between the two tones

2,525 Hz: The higher of the two pitches, in hertz

250ms: The length, in milliseconds, of each of the two tones, individually

I thought to do this entry because someone at some point searched for the word “Quindar” on disquiet.com. There was no entry, so I figured I’d make a brief one, and the Sound Ledger seemed like a good format in which to do so.

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¹Footnotes

Quindar-tones resources: wikipedia.org, nasa.gov, archive.org.