Discussion question #5

  1. What is Krukowski’s main point about how we experience time in the “real” world versus are experiences with “digital” time? Why are these differences significant?Real time is what we live and experience in our lives. Each moment has a meaning and we feel it in us. Instead the digital time is elaborated, because in a recording studio you can play with the time of a sound or a recording, even something can be undone. These differences are important because it does not recognize how the experience that real time gives is lost in digital time.
  2. What does Krukowski mean when he says that listening has a lot to do with how we navigate space?Through the sounds we can realize where we are, in other words we can discover a location by the sounds that we perceive and relate them in our minds. But it also depends a lot on the relationship that we have with the sound, because we can be walking listening to music but if we like this music, our mind will be focused on the sound but not on the walk nor will it remember the surroundings where it was.
  3. In the interview at the beginning of the episode, Jeremiah Moss argues that developers in Astor Place are “privatizing public space in a very stealth way.” What does he mean by this? What does Moss say about the distinction between public and private space, and why is it important?He means that companies like Astros Place use delicate and strategic ways to avoid attracting attention when they invade public spaces, as they include improvements to the place but with rules implemented to the public place. Jeremiah says that a public place is a space where people can express themselves freely without expecting to follow rules established by certain authorities. This is important because it worries that people do not realize that many companies invade the public space because many times they are concerned about other matters and lose themselves in the change that is happening around us.
  4. What is the significance of Emily Thompson’s idea that the development of concert halls arose from desires to “control interior spaces”? How is this desire, according to Krukowski, related to earbuds and headphones? As the noise in the city increased by the construction of new spaces and means of transport, the sound of trains, people were uncomfortable with all the sound that was beginning to be created, they felt that they lost their tranquility and wanted places free of that frustrating noise that is why the idea of controlling noise was born, then concert halls were created where they would enjoy sound. According to Krukowski, the idea of creating headphones is the desire of people to create their own space where they avoid external noise.
  5. In your own opinion, what are the key ideas from this episode about the relationship between sound and space? What strikes you as interesting about the ways that sound influences our experience of space?. The sounds allow to create different spaces from the real one because often in the city people avoid noise using headphones, they listen to their music transporting themselves to a different environment and they disconnect from reality and from the experiences that real time can provide.

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  1. Scott Levine

    I agree with your answer to question 2. Sounds help us perceive the world around us. There are examples of blind people how can use sound to see. We have lost some our relationship with the sounds that help us perceive the world and we now create a relationship with our headphones. This eliminates our ability to perceive the world around us in the same way we use to before we had headphones.

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