The sounds of New York City are usually loud and honking. But with commerce and regular life virtually shut down amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the city that ne…
On January 13, 2020, I gave birth to my fourth child. That day, I heard the first sounds of my daughter crying and I was very happy. In those moments, I had no idea that 2020 would be the most difficult year for me, my family and for many people on our planet. Exactly two months later, we were forced to isolate due to the coronavirus pandemic and the streets of New York became empty. I would like to share with you a short video “New York-The sounds of a city in lockdown” sourced from the China Global Television Network (“CGTN”) YouTube channel. During the moments of self-isolation, I did not have the opportunity to see and hear New York such calm and unhurried as it was in the first days of quarantine. According to Krukowski’s podcast in Noise and Signal, the author explains the concepts of noise and signals. Three months ago, New York was quiet, just rare signals through the noiseless city of ambulances passing by, birdsong, a lonely street musician playing alone, the rattling of chains on the fences of city playgrounds and daily evening applause for the first responders. For New York, these were silent but mournful days. Hopefully, in the near future, we will be able again to fully hear the noisy, hasty and lovely New York. As Ella Fitzgerald sings in the song “Manhattan”, “We’ll turn Manhattan into an isle of joy.”
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The human voice has played a significant role in composition throughout the history of music. Among important issues in the vocal repertoire are text intelligibility and the dichotomy between singing and speaking. Electronic means of music production and delivery have increased the potential for experimentation in this regard, resulting in an increased blurring of the distinction between music and language acting as driving force in many recent compositions. A sonic event deserves a unique location in this space if the variance of its characteristics is sufficiently small relative to the other pieces in consideration.This lets the listener feel the sonic progression, creating anticipation for the climax, which arrives at the chorus with the introduction of a sonically dominant bass line. It is even more effective at amping up the tension than adding elements because it creates a sonic void, making the listener crave for the return of those key elements.There is no doubt that Damon Krukowski is the right guy to be talking about music. He understands it at an intimate level where I either wished I could talk about it the same way, or that I could spend a couple hours picking his brain over a cup of coffee. Ways of Hearing is a curious book that doesn’t really have a thesis and is more of a work-in-progress. It discusses different aspects of music and noise. Really, it tries to distinguish between the two because even though this book is mostly about music, it’s also a lot about how we hear it, and as such has to deal with how it is that we hear noise in general.
For the past two years, I have been working in Manhattan. The Hustle and bustle of the city became part of my daily life. Ever since the lockdown started, I realized how much I missed all the noise that made the city alive to me. For example, The annoying horn of the taxis, sounds of the train moving, the train operator’s announcement, the buzzing noise of people talking around me. All those noises I never paid attention to because they were noise and time to time these noises annoyed me, I crave for them. I was unable to relive my city life. Then I found a video on YouTube called “Taste of New York.” The video maker captured every noise that makes New York alive. I started to listen to those noises and found a rhythm to it. The noises became sound to me. Even though the city isn’t fully open yet, but I had the taste of my city life through this video, and it also made me realized how much I love this city and its noises.
While I was watching episode 6, I was thinking what is really considered noise?, who defines noise? Sometimes there is things that could be satisfying for some people, but for others it could be annoying. For example some people can’t stand people who chew noisy or people who sip their soup from the scoop. Some people get anxious with sounds like pen clicking or nail tipping. While i was listening to Krukowski talk about noise it came to my mind the ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) it’s a feeling of tingling and relaxation experienced by some people when they watch certain videos or hear certain sounds. There is a lot of videos of ASMR all over youtube, you can find ASMR of people eating, or people whispering with a soothing voice, people doing calming tasks like brushing their hair, typing, etc.
In my personal experience I really enjoy ASMR, I feel that tingling sensation sometimes and it;s so relaxing, I used to hear it when I was doing homework and it helped me to focus. however I haven’t watched any ASMR videos in a long time.
This is a natural sound, I always listening to this every day during quarantine due to stress being home all day, listing to this peaceful sound gives me energy and build up my mind by doing meditation while listening to this peaceful sound, Us human being we are always busy, I think during this pandemic it gives us time with family and knowing how hard is to stay home because of how our daily life with all the work/school kept our family apart. This sound represents the natural and beauty of real nature sound.
While I was watching episode 5 of Ways Of Hearing, it reminded me of the experiences I had when I was a young DJ back in 1988 when I was only 16 years old. Specifically, I am referring to the part when he is interviewing Jimmy Johnson of Forced Exposure, who indicated that he and his staff listen to every record that comes into the store so that may be able to provide knowledge and recommendations to their customers. This very much correlated to why and how I purchased records for my collection to spin at the parties that I was hired to DJ for. When I first started buying records I went to a few different stores and would buy the records that were hot, you know, the ones that were already being played on the radio and clubs. Most of the top DJ record shops had a turntable so you could ask them to play a certain record for you, and it was mostly songs or artists that you already knew. That was until I went to Vinylmania on Carmine Street in the West Village. They had this young hispanic guy who worked there, well older than me, probably in his mid 20’s, and when I asked him to play a record he would, but then he would play a few more that he would recommend I buy. Most of the time these were imports and were twice the price of the regular 12 inch singles. And a lot of the time I didn’t even like the songs, but somehow he would convince me to buy them. Sure enough after a week of listening to them, they grew on me immensely and a month or two later they were always the top songs in the clubs and on the radio. This happened week after week and finally I stopped doubting his recommendations and as a result of that I was always the DJ with the best new stuff. This experience was very relatable to that episode in that because of his knowledge and recommendations, which you didn’t get at the bigger stores like Tower Records, I was always able to have the best new music, much in the way Krukowski was able to hear that band from Japan because of the recommendations of the people at Forced Exposure. In addition, had it been an algorithm that was deciding what new music I was gonna buy, I probably wouldn’t have found all those great up and coming hits. And that’s because they weren’t always that similar to the songs I had known up until that point. Yes it was the same genre, but these recommended songs always were unique and maybe they wouldn’t have come up when I was searching for new music. And even if they did, I probably wouldn’t have purchased them, because if you remember this gentleman always had to convince me to buy them. Funny thing is this gentleman, Pal Joey, eventually became a pretty big house music record producer as well as producing some records for legendary Hip Hop artists such as BDP and MC Lyte. So after googling his name it turns out many people had the same experience that I had, as is illustrated in the following article.
Pal Joey may be the most underrated house producer on the scene, but a newly released retrospective compilation could finally bring his music to a wider audience after 25 years in the game. We live in a time when success in electronic music can come as easily as a cracked download, a good idea and catching the hype at the right time.
Power Beats wireless headphones by Dr. Dre, subsidiary of Apple Inc. this headphone is a revolution in digital audio technology, It connects by Bluetooth signal and it runs for hours before its battery run off, This headphone is wireless, so it is easy to move or run while you listening to music without any wire to interrupt your movement, Beats headphone is expensive and the price range start from 200 to 350 depends which generation you are buying, this headphone creates a privet space and it cuts all the other sounds around you, basically you won’t hear anything else except the music that you play. Beats company create this technology to make high profit from it because the internet made music free for everybody and you anyone can listen to music anytime anywhere, so Beats company made profit from the technology that help to hear music like headphones and earbuds. the advantages for this headphone are create a personal space, clear sounds without interfere with any noise, and easy to carry anywhere anytime, this device has disadvantages too such as the report issued from the world health organization to warn young people about the risk of losing hearing because using wireless headphone for so long hours could and will harm our ears.
Language communication is significant for interaction between different communities or cultures. Nowadays, many people are using the new digital technology to overcome the obstacle of language speaking. One of the most important tools used is google translate, some people also utilize Longman dictionary to find the signification of words and how to pronounce them. Based on what we see in the episodes of Ways of Hearing, good pronunciation is essential in the language translation and machine reading is sometimes incomprehensible. We can use google translation to interpret the dialect by speaking on the cellphone or writing the words or sentences. When it comes to the translating voices, we realize some unconformity about what we pronounce on the cellphone to what we get as a translation. The machine sometimes fails to translate our signal but try to interpret the voice or noise. In some cases, it is difficult to understand the words or sentences reading in the Longman dictionary. The machine’s voice cannot be compared to human being voice.
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Over few months, stuck in home and nothing much to do than listen to music and walk around neighborhood and do english class homework. Through digital the sound have reached all over the world for example the above video is originated from India and we here in USA can have access. As an fan of foreign music, digital have brought huge happiness in my life by having access to all music around the world and able to listen over and over.
In the music above they have use music and people dancing over it professionally wouldn’t be possible without digital media. Through digital media they were able to edit the song and didn’t required to do all over again. Hearing this music helps me avoid my loud neighbor and also helps avoid noise in street. Music also help me turn up the mood when you feeling tied.
I could walk this fine line between elation and success, but we all know which way I’m going to strike the stake between my chest. So, “You have to prove you…
Episode 6 of Ways of Hearing talked about how we choose which sounds are noise and which are signal. Kurkowski talks about the remastered version of the Beach Boys song not including the conversation that was being had in the background. This reminded me of a song off of one of my favorite albums, in which they chose to keep in what might have been considered noise. In the first verse of Reinventing the Wheel to Run Myself Over by Fall Out Boy, the lead singer says “‘You have to prove yourself,’ / You’ll have to prove it to me.” At the end of the song, you can hear the beginning of this line shouted by someone before trailing off, followed by laughter. I remember watching a video on Youtube a long time ago in which the band members said they asked their friend from The Plain White Tees to join them on the song. However, when it was time for his line, they all stopped playing as a joke, leaving him to shout alone. This clearly isn’t meant to be part of the song, and is something they likely would have cut out if it wasn’t funny. They chose to add what would have been noise to the song, and amplified it by adding it to the very end of the song.
Since the advent of this year’s pandemic, I have not commuted in trains yet. It is surreal to think that taking trains which has been a major part of my life in NYC has come to a complete halt. Our daily commute revolves around the sound produced during that commute hour. The sound of the train’s engine, the announcement being made on the platform and in the train were once a noise to me. I used to take refuge in my headphones where I direct my attention to songs and podcasts that I play on my device. After listening to and closely analyzing Krukowski’s podcast episode on Noise where he mentioned that signal is a sound that you are paying attention to and noise is the component of that sound which you are not paying attention to, I realized that the sound that I once used to consider a noise is slowly evolving into in a sound that I want to pay attention to. It feels different when the sound that I have once considered noise is slowly evolving to a signal that I am longing to hear. I am so used to hearing it every day that it has become a part of my life. This noise has actually been normalizing my daily life in New York. During this difficult and quiet time at home, the noise at subway platforms is what my ears are longing to hear. The compilation done by New York Public Library of daily sounds in NY has been particularly helpful. It takes me to my space where I was happy with my normal lifestyle. We didn’t have any fear of contracting any disease in any mass transit mode. So, this realization is applicable to Krukowski’s idea of sound being associated with space. A sound that can let you travel in time. So, when I return to my daily commute in trains, I think I will embrace those noises as a signal to my ears until it becomes bothersome again.