Next time you’re in Karula National Park in southern Estonia, make sure you get to the Pähni Nature Centre, where a team of architecture students from the Estonian Academy of Arts have built three beautiful, huge acoustic megaphones for listening to the forest.… Continue Reading
If you’ve ever wondered what indie rock/noise/shoegaze might sound like combined with the electromechanical bleats and whirrs of the Large Hadron Collider, look no further than the above.
In honor of the world’s most powerful particle collider’s ramp-up to historic energy levels, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) invited experimentalists Deerhoof to do pretty much whatever they wanted inside their magnet test facility, background noise and all.… Continue Reading
Even though motion pictures began in the 1890s, it was decades before films had soundtracks. If you’ve ever wondered how exactly you get sound out of a piece of photographic film, look no further than this video.
Filmsound.org has an incredible wealth of information on the history of sound in film, and Wikipedia’s article on Sound Film has a whole section on the cultural consequences of sound in movies, such as “an adverse effect on the employability of a host of Hollywood actors of the time,” namely actors with strong accents or “discordant voices.”… Continue Reading
In 1977, Voyager I & II were launched from planet Earth, destined for the outer solar system and beyond. It’s estimated that in 40,000 years, they will each pass relatively close to the stars Gliese 445 and Ross 248 respectively.
As such, it’s only natural to wonder what some alien lifeform might make of such an object if they discovered it, and so it was proposed to include an audio-visual record of humanity’s existence.… Continue Reading
The Guardian reports that a PhD student from St John’s College, Cambridge, stumbled upon a brief piece of music for two voices on a portrait of Saint Boniface dated to 900 CE. It may not have been noticed before due to the use of an obscure notation, Eastern Palaeofrankish, that predates the stave we use today.… Continue Reading