Tag: audio

Walkman Central

TOTD learnt recently that Sony is to cease production of the cassette Walkman (TOTD was more surprised that these things were still being manufactured). Members of the current iPod generation may be amused to look back at some of the devices

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UK SoundMap

With the aid of an appropriate mobile phone, or simply by uploading an existing recording on your computer, you can record the sound of your acoustic landscape and make it available to everyone. http://sounds.bl.uk/sound-maps/uk-soundmap [Thanks to LJ for this suggestion]

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Happy 163rd Birthday Thomas Edison!

Today marks what would have been the 163rd Birthday of the inventor and scientist, Thomas Edison. Among the many things he has contributed to, including electric power and cinematography, he is also credited as an influence on the development of

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Listening

And after yesterday’s video on sound, this one on ‘listening’ shows both some stunning skill and reminds us that we’re probably not even beginners at listening: http://www.ted.com/talks/evelyn_glennie_shows_how_to_listen.html (it’s a longer video but worth the time)

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4 ways sound affects us

Here’s an example of excellence in presentation, as well as interesting content: http://www.ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_the_4_ways_sound_affects_us.html (Thanks to joro for yesterday’s Thing and the above)

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Treat yourself to a virtual haircut

Before you check out this TOTD make sure you have some earphones to hand! The Virtual Barber Shop is an example of binaural recording. This method of recording uses a special microphone arrangement intended for replay using headphones. The result

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Electronic speech systems

Of course, it would be remiss to mention Kennedy Approach (see yesterday) without emphasizing how advanced, for the time, the sound was.  This short article gives an overview and will bring back some fond memories for those who experienced a

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Librivox

Project Gutenberg has been around for a long time making out of copyright books available freely over the internet. Here’s a site which attempts to do the same thing for audio books. http://librivox.org/ While the collection isn’t vast (it relys

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