Posts Tagged ‘44noise’

Why Is the World So Loud? – The Atlantic

November 2, 2019

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“Stéphane Pigeon, an audio-processing engineer based in Brussels, has become the Taylor Swift of white noise, traveling the world recording relaxing soundscapes for his website, myNoise.net, which offers its more than 15,000 daily listeners an encyclopedic compendium of noise-masking tracks that range from “Distant Thunder” to
“Laundromat,” a listener request. (White noise, technically speaking, contains all audible frequencies in equal proportion. In the natural world, falling rain comes close to approximating this pan-frequency shhhhhh.) Impulse noises, such as honking, barking, hammering, and snoring, are the hardest to mask, but Pigeon has tried: While traveling in the Sahara, he recorded “Berber Tent,” a myNoise hit designed to help snorees by harmonizing the gentle whoosh of wind, the burble of boiling water, and the low rattle of snoring.

Farther north on Flatbush Avenue, encircled by lowing horns and a wheezing Mister Softee truck, Kanuri used his sound-meter app to measure the ambient noise—a disappointing 75.9 decibels, lower than everyone had thought but still more than 20 decibels above the threshold at which, per a 1974 EPA report, we get distracted or annoyed by sound. (Decibels, which measure volume, are logarithmic: Turn up a sound by 10 decibels, and most people will perceive its loudness as having doubled.)

Desperate ears call for desperate measures, and the noise-afflicted go to elaborate lengths to lower the volume. Kanuri taught himself to code so he could analyze New York City’s 311 data and correlate noise complaints with elective districts; he hoped he could hold politicians accountable. … A Wisconsin man who’d re-insulated, re-drywalled, and re-windowed his home was ultimately offered sleeping medication and antidepressants. An apartment dweller in Beijing, fed up with the calisthenics of the kids upstairs, got revenge by attaching a vibrating motor to his ceiling that rattled the family’s floor. The gadget is available for purchase online, where you can also find Coat of Silence paint, AlphaSorb Bass Traps, the Noise Eater Isolation Foot, the Sound Soother Headband, and the Sonic Nausea Electronic Disruption Device, which promises, irresistibly, “inventive payback.”” “}}

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/11/the-end-of-silence/598366/

That Noise? The Rich Neighbors Digging a Basement Pool in Their $100 Million Brownstone – The New York Times

April 21, 2019

Good quote:

“Schopenhauer,” he says, “argued that the higher your tolerance for noise, the lower your intelligence.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/05/nyregion/gentrification-one-percent-manhattan.html

One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor | The Paul Simon Official Site

February 16, 2019

https://www.paulsimon.com/track/one-mans-ceiling-is-another-mans-floor-2/

Noisy neighbors: Turning up the volume against the uproar next door – NY Daily News

December 15, 2018

https://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/noisy-neighbors-turning-volume-uproar-door-article-1.204509

Amazon.com: Big Red Rooster White Noise Sound Machine – 6 Natural and Soothing Sounds – Plug In Or Battery Powered With Optional Auto-Off Timer – Portable White Noise Machine for Office – Sleep and Sound Therapy: Health & Personal Care

September 23, 2018

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H6WXUX8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Livestock emissions still up in the air

April 29, 2018

terrible neighbors!

https://cen.acs.org/environment/pollution/Livestock-emissions-still-air/96/i14

Noise machine research

April 21, 2018

https://sleepjunkies.com/features/sleep-soundly-with-white-noise/

How to Sleep Better – Best Sleep Gadgets and Products

April 21, 2018

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/a18930172/best-sleep-gadgets/