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Soundscape design for hospitals

"International Sound Award Podcast” recently published a statement of Anttio Ikonen – a composer, sound designer i and lecturer, responsible for students soundscape project for Helsinki New Children’s Hospital. In podcast Ikonen talks about obvious connections with acoustic ecology and he also describes the proces of creating acoustic experience for hospital personnel. It required resignation from obvious and simple solutions (such as using loudspeakers playing looped music from mp3 files) and creating computer ambient generator, which is collecting and mixing sounds in the way that makes them create audible identity of certain space, depending also on time of the day. It’s one of a kind audiokaleidoscope, which creates new colorful sound patterns made...

Is vinyl more ecological than CD?

Behind of great sound experience usually goes on a carbon footprint. Due to the renewed popularity of vinyl records and all their charm, old machines, the noise of Thai factories, the stench of heated plastics and the Chao Phraya River flowing down the carcinogenic stream. The Guardian reporter guides us through the entire process reminiscent of the "How it's done" program, although the narrative story should rather be titled "How harmful it is." Insightfull journalistic investigation containing a handful of specific, unfortunate data does not stop at the black disc and reminds that CDs and cassettes are also products that were initially oil. And which, along their entire way to the final...

Sonic Distancing

A guide to livestream concerts during the coronavirus outbreak. In the last 10 years or so, countless theories have surfaced to describe what ails classical music’s concert halls. Is it the stuffy architecture   the ban on beverages; the hushers and passive-aggressive insiders; or the (crumbling) bans on social media use that turn off many potential visitors, especially those who are young and non-white? The novel coronavirus is giving us a chance to test the widely held idea that if classical music was freed from the obnoxious rituals, it would find a wider audience. Some are skeptical: Last year, the artist manager Jasper Parrott told VAN, “Finding performances online is a very impoverished view of the inspirational value of making live art....