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The Rest Is Just Noise
37 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Picnics at the Wall with Pamela Jordan
Throughout the last year, we've seen a whole bunch of articles, projects and research about how much urban noise was reduced due to COVID-19 lockdowns. This is our 2nd episode in a series looking at the impacts of those lockdowns worldwide on sound in cities.Today we're speaking for the 2nd time with Pamela Jordan, a researcher at University of Amsterdam, about her project looking, in a very interesting way, at how the soundscape at the Berlin Wall Memorial changed during lockdown, as it shifted from this tourist space, to a public space.Find Pamela at the University of Amsterdam Read Pamela's and André's paper in the Special Issue about Historical Acoustics.Change Over Time - Sounding Heritage - https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/44786 Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePod
19 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Live from the ASA! Mini-episode with Ronald Altoon - Ethics and Culture in Acoustics
This week Andrew is at the Acoustical Society of America conference in Seattle. Throughout the week, our goal is to bring you some highlights about the talks he found most interesting. At the end of it we'll put together a full episode with that run down, but Andrew is also sitting down for some short mini-episodes with the acousticians, architects and researchers presenting to dig deeper into their fascinating work. We're really excited about all of the guests we have coming up so, let's get into our first of this series of special interviews!Ronald Altoon has been an architect for nearly 50 years, 30 of those leading his own firm. He has given lectures at places like Harvard, USC, and Columbia. If you missed his talk at this year's acoustical society meeting, you missed out one of the best presentations Andrew has seen yet. But thankfully for you we sat down with him for an extended chat about the importance of context in architectural and acoustical design, and on ethics in acoustics. Enjoy!Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePod
41 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Ep. 12 Soundscape Legacies
We've talked a lot about soundscapes: how we perceive them, how we measure them, how we can predict them... but all of these soundscapes existed. What about the ones that - like purgatory - are just somewhere in our minds or floating out there in space? These are historic soundscapes - ones which used to exist but no longer do.So the question is - how do we talk about those? How do we measure those?Today we are speaking with Pamela Jordan, a researcher at University of Amsterdam, about historic soundscapes and her experience in measuring and describing them.Find Pamela at the University of Amsterdam Change Over Time - Sounding Heritage - https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/44786 Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePod
41 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Ep. 11 Mechanical Birds - Drones and Soundscapes with Dr. Antonio Torija
In our very first episode, we learned that not all natural sounds are equal, and not all of them are pleasant. In today's episode, we'll talk about how not all mechanical sounds are equal and not all of them are necessarily bad. As we move into the "age of the future" we expect to see drones flying around our cities, dropping off packages and making our skies look like those of Coruscant from Star Wars. But what do these drones sound like? Are they good or bad? What do they mean for the soundscapes of our cities?Today, we're speaking with Antonio Torija-Martinez, a Lecturer in Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford about the noise of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. He'll take us through his recent research on whether we can design drones to sound pleasant (or at least, less annoying), and how these drones impact urban soundscapes. And, if you'll indulge us a bit, I hope you enjoy some rambling off into our thoughts on how we measure and describe complex soundscapes. Enjoy!Follow Antonio on Twitter @ajtorijaPsychoacoustic analysis of contra-rotating propeller noise for unmanned aerial vehicles - https://asa.scitation.org/doi/10.1121/10.0003432 Make drones sound less annoying by factoring in humans at the design stage - https://theconversation.com/make-drones-sound-less-annoying-by-factoring-in-humans-at-the-design-stage-151421Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePod
37 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Lockdown Soundscapes - The Stockholm Syndrome with Romain Rumpler
This month we're kicking off a new series of episodes looking at how the COVID-19 lockdowns impacted urban soundscapes around the world! Throughout this past year, we've seen countless articles, podcasts, and twitter threads about how cities went quiet as people were forced to stay at home. We hope to bring you the in depth stories directly from the scientists who were conducting this research. Hopefully we'll be able to answer questions like 'What do our cities sound like when people aren't using them?' 'How did people's perceptions of urban sound change throughout this period?' and 'Just how quiet could our cities be, and would it actually make a difference?'For the first of this series, we're speaking with Romain Rumpler, a researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, about the effects Romain and his team measured under Sweden's unique lockdown conditions. Make sure to subscribe to keep up with our future lockdown-focussed episodes!Resources:An observation of the impact of CoViD-19 recommendation measures monitored through urban noise levels in central Stockholm, Sweden - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210670720306892Noise measurements as a proxy to evaluating the response to recommendations in times of crisis: An update analysis of the transition to the second wave of the CoViD-19 pandemic in Central Stockholm, Sweden - https://asa.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1121/10.0003778 Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePod UK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.
40 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Ep. No. 9 with Prof Gascia Ouzounian and Dr Ruth Bernatek
Number 9, number 9, number 9...As promised, today we're back where we left as we talk with Associate Professor Gascia Ouzounian, joined by her colleague, a Bartlett alumna Dr Ruth Bernatek. They reflect on their ongoing ERC project Soncities at University of Oxford that brings together sound theorists, urban sociologists, architects, urban designers and sound artists to develop critical approaches to sonic urbanism. Their goal is to foster socially conscious approaches to sonic practice in forms of research, analysis and design.Oh, and there's a chat about the unavoidable John Lennon, oops I meant Xenakis.Shall we continue? Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePodUK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.
29 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Ep. 8 "Stereophonica" with Prof Gascia Ouzounian
Today we understand sound is inherently spatial. It interacts with and informs us about the space it - and we - exist in. But as recently as 1900, scientists held that sound itself could not relay "spatial attributes" and that the human ear had physiological limitations that prevented it from receiving spatial information. How did we go from there to our current understanding of spatial sound? In her new book, "Stereophonica", Oxford Associate Professor of Music, Gascia Ouzounian, traces the development of this spatial understanding from its modern birth, through science, war, music, and finally to our cities. In this month's episode, we sit down with Gascia to talk about some of the episodes she tells which we found particularly interesting. Enjoy! Buy Gascia's book, "Stereophonica - Sound and space in Science, Technology, and the Arts": https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/stereophonicaFind our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePodUK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.
42 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Ep. 7 Circumplex Conversations - Measuring Soundscape Perception with Simone Torresin
This month we return to one of our favourite topics - how do you actually measure perception? We trace the development of the circumplex model of affect from it's start in 1980, to it's first application in soundscape in 2010. Finally we speak with Simone Torresin, who has done the most recent expansion of this idea by deriving a soundscape circumplex model for indoor environments. Are you just confused about what a 'circumplex' even is? Well, listen along and we'll walk you through it!Resources:Indoor soundscape assessment: A principal components model of acoustic perception in residential buildings - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132320305266A principal components model of soundscape perception - https://doi.org/10.1121/1.3493436A circumplex model of affect - https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1981-25062-001 Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePodUK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.
61 minutes | May 4, 2021
Ep. 6 S̶t̶a̶r̶ Sound Wars with Dr Linda O'Keeffe
Happy May the Fourth! In this episode, we're speaking with Linda O'Keeffe, a sound artist and head of the School of Art at Edinburgh College of Art. Her work on gender inclusion in the sonic arts has led to the development of the organisation Women In Sound, Women On Sound, whose goal is to make visible women who work in the multitudinous areas of sound - from music technology to sound art, sound & society, the politics of sound, and every are in between.Today we'll talk with Linda about her journey in sound, her research on the under-examined cultural and acoustic impacts of renewable energy sources, and her latest album, titled 'Silent Spring' which focuses on the new sounds associated with renewable energy.Find Linda's album here: https://flamingpines.bandcamp.com/album/silent-spring Find more of Linda's research: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Linda-O-Keeffe/research Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePodUK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.
36 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Ep. 5 Highlights of the Urban Sound Symposium 2021
This week marked the second Urban Sound Symposium, held virtually! Featuring keynotes with 30 speakers, panel discussions, and 27 posters, the Symposium brought together some of the leading researchers in urban sound and soundscape. In today's bonus episode, Andrew and Francesco discuss their personal favourite bits from the week as well as talking, once again, with Edda Bild about the extended discussion around representation, inclusiveness, and fairness in urban sound research that was sparked at the Symposium. We recorded this very quickly right after the final day and obviously can't cover everything - if you think we missed something important be sure to let us know on Twitter @JustNoisePodIf you'd like to be a part of the working group on urban sound EDI, reach out to Edda at firstname.lastname@example.org Keynote talks mentioned:"Urban trends and their impact on soundscape" - Dick Botteldooren, Arnaud Can"Public space soundscapes - three continents, three approaches" - Sarah Payne, Jin Yong Jeon, Daniel Steele"Smart city sound monitoring and its applications" - Juan Bello, David Bernfeld"Mapping and prediction" - Pierre Aumond, Maarten Hornikx, André Fiebig "Participatory approaches" - Lisa Lavia, Mattia Cobianchi, Nadine Schütz Music used with permission from Jack MacUK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.Urban Sound Symposium 2021
74 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Ep. 4 "Musikiosk, Misters, and More!" with Dan Steele and Edda Bild
Today we have a just-long-enough chat with Drs. Edda Bild and Dan Steele from McGill University about their various soundscape intervention projects. They'll take us through installing free-to-use speakers in a small park in Montreal to testing out different water feature installations, with many rambling rants in between!Papers discussed: Soundtracking the Public Space: Outcomes of the Musikiosk Soundscape InterventionFind more from Dan and Edda here: https://www.sounds-in-the-city.org/en/overview/@villesonoreFind our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePodUK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.
25 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Sonic Appropriation and the UK Policing Bill with Edda Bild
In light of the UK's newly proposed policing bill which aims to impose noise limits and other new restrictions on protests, we bring you a special episode. Recorded a month before news of the bill came out, our host Andrew spoke with sociologist and soundscape researcher Edda Bild about 'sonic appropriation' - how people, particularly protesters and those in marginalised communities, can exert control over their sonic environments. Find out why it matters that people can exert this sonic appropriation over their spaces and some of the history of how it has been regulated and restricted. This episode was intended to be a short follow up to our main episode in April, when it would've been very cleverly titled a 'Background Noise' episode, but it was so topical we decided to release it early. Make sure to check back in for that main episode about Edda's work with the Musikiosk project!Read more about the UK Policing Bill here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56400751See what it might mean in practice in a blog post by Susan Witterick, at DBX Acoustics: https://www.dbxacoustics.com/protest-noise/Find more about Edda and her team here: https://www.sounds-in-the-city.org/en/team/ Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePodUK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.
45 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Ep.3 2020 was The Year of Sound (among other things) with Marion Burgess, Michael Taroudakis, & Jean-Dominique Polack
The International Year of Sound is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound in all aspects of life and to promote an understanding of sound-related issues at the national and international level. 2020 was the International Year of Sound, but it may have been just a tad overshadowed by certain other events that year. Luckily, it carried on and adapted, and has been extended into 2021. This episode, we speak with the steering committee behind it and learn why the Year of Sound is important and what to look forward to in 2021!Find the IYOS at their website here: https://sound2020.org/Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePodUK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.International Year of Sound 2020-2021 The IYS is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound in society
41 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Ep.2 Up and Down the Soundscape Scales with Dr Sarah Payne
How do we measure sound perception? How can scientists quantify something so subjective?Dr Sarah Payne walks us through how scales for soundscape are adapted from visual research. We'll discuss a whole range of scales and theories, like Attention Restoration Theory (ART), Perceived Restorative-ness Scale (PRS), Restorative Components Scale (RCS). But really, the highlight might just be her tips on creating a great acronym, like DESTRESS - (Designing and Engineering Soundscapes To enable Restorative Environments for Sustainable Societies) - bravo!Find more from Sarah at @ThinkSnowflakesFollow the DeStress project at @DeStressRestore and https://destress.hw.ac.uk/Find Sarah's paper here: The Production of a Perceived Restorativeness Soundscape Scale Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePodUK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.
43 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Ep.1 "The Birds" with Dr Ellie Ratcliffe
Today we speak with Dr Ellie Ratcliffe, "Queen of the Birds"! Can bird sounds help us recover psychologically? What do we even mean by that? And what is it about specific sounds that we find pleasing? Ellie will walk us through all that and more as we discuss her paper Predicting the Perceived Restorative Potential of Bird Sounds Through Acoustics and Aesthetics.Find more from Ellie at @el_ratcliffeFind our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePodUK Acoustics Network UKAN brings together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics research community.
15 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
Ep.0 A Noisy Prelude
Meet our hosts and our podcast! In this introductory episode we introduce Andrew, Francesco, and Tin and clue you in to what you can expect to hear about on The Rest Is Just Noise. You'll hear about how each of our hosts found their way from architecture, physics, and music into the world of sound and some of the interesting stories about sound that they have encountered along the way. Stay tuned for the first episode "The Birds" with Dr. Ellie Ratcliffe, coming out January 5th!Find our website: https://www.justnoisepod.com/Twitter: @JustNoisePodPapers and projects discussedHistoric soundscape in Naples: https://asa.scitation.org/doi/10.1121/1.4708901Zadar Sea Organ: http://www.sonicwonders.org/sea-organ-zadar-croatia/Soundscape research at UCL: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/environmental-design/research-projects/2020/nov/soundscape-indices-ssidThis podcast is supported by the UK Acoustics Network (UKAN).
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