lightsoundart

There seems to be a lot of energy in the world of sound/visual installations these days.  I’ve just recently been on a tour of Illustrious studios, which is run by Martyn Ware of The Human League fame.  They have been designing “3D soundscapes” for 14 years, and a lot of the time interact with visual installations […]

Birdsong

An article in The Guardian last weekend discussed the Convention in Trade and Endangered Species (Cites) meeting in Bangkok.  It mentioned a few species that had already succumbed to extinction, which included the New Zealand laughing owl.  Unfortunately a trawl around the net informed me that the last sighting was in the early 20th century, […]

Solent

Today Southampton Solent University hosted a conference about Noise in Entertainment and Music.  It was a nice mix of attendees with acoustic consultants, musicians, sound engineers and environmental health officers.  The different perspectives allowed everyone to gain more of an insight into noise management for gigs.  I hadn’t known until today that: The Noise Council […]

Neuron Noise

Yesterday I visited the Barbican for their Brain Waves Weekender, a range of exhibitions fusing art with neuroscience.  Along with a kid-friendly dissection of a jelly brain and an invitation to knit a neuron, the event featured two sound-related demonstrations. The first was Music of the Mind – a performance by Finn Peters, Prof Mark […]

Chasing Sound

Last week I went to see the documentary Chasing Ice at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios.  It is an excellent film that follows the attempts of James Balog and his team to photograph receding glaciers in Alaska, Greenland and other parts of the Northern hemisphere.  At one stage during the process Balog poignantly suggested that his photographs […]

iPhone as Sound Level Meter

Since many sound enthusiasts aren’t too keen on spending a few thousand pounds on an SLM, I thought I’d take the opportunity to review two iPhone apps currently available that serve the same purpose: The first is Faber Acoustical SoundMeter – £13.99, and the second is Studio Six Digital AudioTools – £6.99.  Both have Fast, […]