50,000: Estimated number of downloads of Aphex Twin–designed sampling software, Samplebrain, between its September 25 release and October 12.
42%: Percentage of birds in a contested Indian public park “likely affected by vehicular noise pollution”
1.53: The number of times more that life satisfaction is raised by a 10% increase in bird species diversity than by a proportional rise in income
Aphex: post.lurk.org/@nebogeo. India: indiatimes.com. Satisfaction: nature.com.
98%: Accuracy of using bite patterns to enter data
1,800: Number of audio files in a new large-scale dataset of emergency vehicle sirens and road noises for researchers
100,000: Number of recordings of user heartbeats already collected by a monitoring phone app
Bites: nature.com. Dataset: nature.com. Heartbeats: newscientist.com.
$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
Children: news.yahoo.com (via Boing Boing). Philharmonic: nytimes.com. Vinyl: washingtonpost.com.
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
Voice: gadget.co.za. AirPods: bloomberg.com.
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
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.