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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Soundscape: Trains and nature in Karelia

Karelia Train Soundscape (13:11) Although this video was filmed with train enthusiasts in mind, it is also interesting to those who study soundscapes. The interplay between the natural environment and the passing of trains in the Karelia region of Russia is quite fascinating. Karelia is an area in Northern Europe of historical significance for Finland, Russia, and Sweden. This is a nicely produced video. Source: YouTube

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Soundscape: Changeringers Christ Church, Victoria, B.C.

Changeringers of Christ Church (3:49) James Green sets out to find who makes the bells toll at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The traditional term for bellringers is "Changeringers". On most Tuesday evenings throughout the year, the local ringers practice for two hours, beginning at 7 p.m. The Cathedral bells are rung every Sunday, for about half an hour before each of the two principal morning services. The bells are also usually rung on New Years Eve, Victoria Day and Remembrance Day (muffled). They are rung on request for weddings and funerals (when it is customary to muffle the sound of the bells) and for other special occasions.  Visitors are welcome to climb 71 steps to watch during Sunday-morning ringing, and for the first hour of practice nights. Source: ShawTV and YouTube.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Research: Acoustic Mapping of Fish Schools

Designed For Listening (2:24) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Survey Vessel (FSV) Oscar Dyson is very quiet while underway, allowing scientists to detect faint echoes from fish schools and other marine life, with little interference from ship noise. Source: YouTube

Friday, April 5, 2013

Project: Bologna Soundscape

Project-Teaser (:45) A video teaser about an April, 2013 Bologna Soundscape workshop organized to produce a sound map of the historic center of the city with the help of workshop participants. The result of the mapping to be made available online at