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Occasional posts on subjects including field recording, London history and literature, other websites worth looking at, articles in the press, and news of sound-related events.

22 September 2010

Workplace web-based research #1

A QUICK ROUND-UP of some sound-related things to look at and listen to if you’re busy skiving conducting mission-critical internet research at work.

The British Library’s UK SoundMap heads towards its 700th recording. As far as I know, it’s the first properly crowdsourced sound map, and anyone can take part in this very democratic project from smartphone users to those toting top-of-the-range mics and recorders.

An attractive page of sounds and photographs from Islay in the Inner Hebrides appears on the mapsadaisal blog.

From the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University comes a half-hour podcast on the subject of noise in the digital world.

Lastly, an excellent online article titled The quest to find the first soundscape from the Atlantic magazine’s website. Includes an old wax cylinder recording noted as Urban scene – newsboys yelling “Extra, extra”; car horns; and other sounds of the city, sometimes in non-English language, but which turns out to have been staged.

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