Pythagoras’s Veil 2.0 – by Lutz Koepnick

Thousands of college instructors, after doing their job for the last year primarily from home and via video, are back to teach in real classrooms and lecture halls this fall. Instead of seeing their students locked into separate Zoom tiles …

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Hear for you: Smart Speakers and Techno-austerity – by Marie Thompson

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In November 2020, Amazon launched Care Hub: ‘a free remote care-giving solution from Alexa’. Owners of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker in the United States are now able to use their device to provide updates to a designated caregiver, or call …

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Perfect Pitch? The Sounds of Post-Pandemic Soccer – by Lutz Koepnick

When we look back to the early moments of the pandemic, many of us may recall eerie moments of silence as some of the crisis’s first sensible features. Not the sight of masks. Not the splashy colors of graphics in …

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Unboxing the modular – by Will Schrimshaw

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Within recent years, the creation of electronic music has seen a resurgence of interest in ‘modular’ approaches to sound synthesis and composition. While now, canonical modular systems such as the Moog and Buchla are well known and bear the names …

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Denkempfindungen: We’re going to prove the impossible really exists. – by Holger Schulze

For twenty years now I am writing with, through and about sound. That is not an incredibly long time. I did not write about sound for the first thirty years of my life. By now it has become a habit, …

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The ear of the remnant: New modes of listening in the Second World War – by Ian Biddle

This blog post examines the thesis, often stated in sound studies (Goodman, Hartford, Porcello, Daughtry), that war transforms the ways in which humans engage with sound. Much of this recent work has focussed on the idea that, as Hartford puts …

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Sound and Skin

Our skin is a protective barrier between our bodies and the outside world. By wearing clothes we enhance this border. In this post I have a closer look at art works that explore and challenge this border between our insides …

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