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Siri and Alexa can be hijacked with inaudible messages, researchers warn
"They turned voice commands into ultrasonic frequencies that can be heard and used to control devices but are inaudible to humans."
sound  hacking  secrets 
10 weeks ago by kevan
Yaybahar by Görkem Şen on Vimeo
"Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs."
sound  music 
november 2014 by kevan
Extracting audio from visual information | MIT News Office
"In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glass."
sound  surveillance  secrets 
august 2014 by kevan
Stanford researcher: Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture
"The striking difference was that while many of the African and Indian subjects registered predominantly positive experiences with their voices, not one American did."
illusions  sound  society  psychology 
july 2014 by kevan
Almost Human: The Surreal, Cyborg Future of Telemarketing - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
"The first contains the more scripted bits of salesmanship, which, in CallAssistant technology, are mapped to the number keys. The second set of sounds are the little conversational asides that help make the conversation feel more natural. Hit 'L,' for example, and the voice laughs. Hit the equals sign, and the voice says, 'Exactly.'"
advertising  illusions  sound  camrad  via:danielle 
december 2013 by kevan
Fourble : Build a podcast from a list of MP3s
"Fourble is a tool for assembling podcasts from existing MP3 files. Feed it a list of files hosted anywhere online, and it'll give you a podcast RSS feed to subscribe to, delivering the episodes at a rate of your choice."
sound  mp3s  creations 
august 2013 by kevan
The sound of one ant walking – inside the world of a wildlife audio expert | Radio Times
"But sometimes I can say to a producer, 'Look I've got this recording of an ant walking, you can hear its individual footfalls, can you get some pictures to go with that?' It's always too great a challenge for them, but I love asking because I'm always asked to do the reverse."
ants  sound 
february 2013 by kevan
BBC News - The hum that helps to fight crime
"For the last seven years, at the Metropolitan Police forensic lab in south London, audio specialists have been continuously recording the sound of mains electricity. [...] Any digital recording made anywhere near an electrical power source, be it plug socket, light or pylon, will pick up this noise and it will be embedded throughout the audio."
sound  electricity  crime  secrets 
december 2012 by kevan
Acoustics Monitoring Program - Icequakes (Bloop)
"Icequakes are of sufficient amplitude to be detected on multiple sensors at a range of over 5000 km. Based on the arrival azimuth, the iceberg(s) generating “Bloop” most likely were between Bransfield Straits and the Ross Sea, or possibly at Cape Adare, a well know source of cryogenic signals."
ice  sound  mysteries  via:brendan 
november 2012 by kevan
Chris Harrison | Acoustic Barcodes
"We present Acoustic Barcodes, structured patterns of physical notches that, when swiped with e.g., a fingernail, produce a complex sound that can be resolved to a binary ID. A single, inexpensive contact microphone attached to a surface or object is used to capture the waveform."
barcodes  sound 
november 2012 by kevan
Bat Detective
"Bat Detective project allows visitors to take part in conservation by listening out for bat tweets in recordings collected over 80,000 km of roads across Europe by thousands of volunteers from the iBats program, including bat recordings from the heart of Transylvania."
bats  sound 
october 2012 by kevan
Sudden Sway: Neuro-Activity Modules and Klub Londinium | Cope
"Klub Londinium was a specifically media-based experience, possibly one of the first real transmedia experiences, more than twenty years ago, before portable technology included CD players let alone MP3s, GPS or Google Maps."
london  walking  history  sound  secrets 
september 2012 by kevan
IU media historian's find in stacks at Wells Library could represent oldest record in world: IU News Room: Indiana University
"[Emile Berliner's] words -- preserved as an image in a German magazine from 1890 and resurrected through today's technology at Indiana University -- represent what can be considered the oldest record in the world."
sound  history 
july 2012 by kevan
Peregrine Andrews on the Sound of Sport: What is Real?
"Senior UK sports sound supervisor Bill Whiston explained that in UK horse-racing TV coverage, it is standard practice to run a galloping horses loop (actually a slowed-down buffalo charge) over the shots rather than mic up the whole course."
sport  sound  illusions 
july 2012 by kevan
Technology - Alexis Madrigal - The Mechanics and Meaning of That Ol' Dial-Up Modem Sound - The Atlantic
"What you're hearing is the way 20th century technology tunneled through a 19th century network; what you're hearing is how a network designed to send the noises made by your muscles as they pushed around air came to transmit anything, or the almost-anything that can be coded in 0s and 1s."
history  sound  computers  phones  via:waxy 
june 2012 by kevan
The Listening Machine
"The Listening Machine is an automated system that generates a continuous piece of music based on the activity of 500 Twitter users around the United Kingdom."
sound  twitter 
may 2012 by kevan
Drunken Bohemian Rhapsody rendition may offer fame, but no fortune - The Globe and Mail
"On the ride back to the police station, Wilkinson decided to belt out a manic but lyrically faithful rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. [...] Content ID caught a 'melody match,' and notified EMI, the music company that owns the rights to Bohemian Rhapsody."
music  sound  technology  law  police 
may 2012 by kevan
BBC News - Sonic device deployed in London during Olympics
"The American-made Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) can be used to send verbal warnings over a long distance or emit a beam of pain-inducing tones."
sound  london  police  technology  weapons 
may 2012 by kevan
Robot Study of 'Cocktail Party Problem' Hints at Human Hearing Glitch | Wired Science | Wired.com
"If you move your head such that the acoustic stimulus at the ears changes, but the environment itself doesn’t, you wouldn’t have thought you would need to restart the process of interpretation."
sound  robots  ears 
april 2012 by kevan
Nagoya University and Fujitsu Develop World's First Technology to Detect Overtrust Situations Based on Voice Pitch and Level : Fujitsu Global
"By combining this technology for detecting situations of overtrust from voices over the phone with the detection of characteristic keywords, Nagoya University and Fujitsu have also developed basic technology for detecting remittance-soliciting phone phishing scams."
phones  surveillance  scams  sound  language 
march 2012 by kevan
YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music
"All content owners have reviewed your video and confirmed their claims to some or all of its content: Entity: rumblefish; Content Type: Musical Composition."
birds  sound  law  delusions 
february 2012 by kevan
Listening Instruments : Noise Research
"While worn, exposure to the noise is structured through a sequence designated by a composer which controls the behavior of the sound-prevention valves. [...] The headphones mechanically create a personal listening experience by composing noise from the listener’s environment."
sound  technology 
february 2012 by kevan
London sound maps: ambient recordings during daytime | The London Sound Survey
"Recordings of background atmospheres and incidental noises from all over London. Many form part of a sound grid series recorded at evenly-spaced points across the city, each marking the centre of a square on the map below."
maps  sound  london 
december 2011 by kevan
Oramics on Vimeo
"A brief glimpse of Daphne Oram's pioneering and unique Oramics synthesizer, designed in 1957 after she left the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop to pursue the project."
sound  history  science  videos  via:jrb 
april 2011 by kevan
You are listening to Los Angeles
Playing LAPD police radio over random ambient music from SoundCloud.
music  police  radio  sound  emergence  via:waxy 
march 2011 by kevan
Look-out drongos 'twank' to advertise presence (Wired UK)
"We think that drongos have evolved to alert babblers to their presence because helping the group forage more effectively leads to more frequent opportunities for theft."
birds  sound  evolution  lies 
november 2010 by kevan
Sputniko! | Crowbot Jenny
"The device has four buttons which can vocalize various crow calls – “I’m dying”, “I found food”, “Hello”, “I’m in a fight so please come help me”."
robots  birds  sound  via:nikki 
november 2010 by kevan
Dictaphone Parcel on Vimeo
"Dictaphone Parcel is an animation based on a sound recorded with a dictaphone travelling secretly inside a parcel."
travel  sound  art 
september 2010 by kevan
Many-band WebSDR in JO32KF
"On this page you can listen to and control a short-wave receiver located at the amateur radio club ETGD at the University of Twente. In contrast to other web-controlled receivers, this receiver can be tuned by multiple users simultaneously, thanks to the use of Software-Defined Radio."
radio  technology  sound 
august 2010 by kevan
Many-band WebSDR in JO32KF
"On this page you can listen to and control a short-wave receiver located at the amateur radio club ETGD at the University of Twente. In contrast to other web-controlled receivers, this receiver can be tuned by multiple users simultaneously, thanks to the use of Software-Defined Radio."
radio  technology  sound 
august 2010 by kevan
Walk With Me
"To try the soundwalk, right click the download link and 'save as'. Sync the downloaded file to you MP3 player of choice, wait until the next time it rains, and take it out with you. Put your headphones on, press 'play'."
sound  walking  water  via:_dspk 
june 2010 by kevan
Devil's Tuning Fork
"Devil's Tuning Fork is a first-person exploration/puzzle game in which the player must navigate an unknown world using visual sound waves."
games  sound  via:danhon 
april 2010 by kevan
fisharepeopletoo: Like Dreamland and Ghostland
From 1901: "Although still far away, he thought they were gradually coming within thinkable distance of the realization of a prophecy he had ventured to make four years before, of a time when if a person wanted to call to a friend he knew not where, he would call in a loud, electromagnetic voice, heard by him who had the electromagnetic ear, silent to him who had it not."
phones  future  sound  technology 
april 2010 by kevan
subtlemob 09
New project from Duncan Speakman. "If you register to take part in this event you'll be invited to download an MP3 and turn up at a secret location to listen to the track at a specified time."
sound  crowds  secrets 
october 2009 by kevan
Mountain Biking with the Blind | Psychology Today
"Daniel, Brian, and Megan are making loud, sharp clicking sounds with their tongues so that they can hear what I can see. Using this form of human echolocation allows them to detect sounds reflected from parked cars, trash cans, and other silent obstacles along the street."
sound  transport  via:mindhacks 
august 2009 by kevan
iCream - Google Maps
"Using the music played by ice cream vans to learn stuff. Maybe. What do ice cream van territories look like? How big are they? Do they overlap?"
food  maps  ice  music  transport  sound 
june 2009 by kevan
Harvard Sentences
"From the appendix of: IEEE Subcommittee on Subjective Measurements IEEE Recommended Practices for Speech Quality Measurements. IEEE Transactions on Audio and Electroacoustics. vol 17, 227-46, 1969."
language  sound  via:zarba 
april 2009 by kevan
Information Age Prayer : Home
"We use state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying. Each prayer is voiced individually, with the name of the subscriber displayed on screen."
religion  sound  technology  via:amuchmoreexotic 
march 2009 by kevan
Phenomenica: Honeybees can serve as bodyguards to plants
"These sensory hairs are not fine-tuned. Therefore, caterpillars cannot distinguish between hunting wasps and harmless bees."
bees  wasps  insects  plants  sound 
march 2009 by kevan
Urban life is stressing out our songbirds | Environment | The Observer
"Songbirds in cities are damaging their health, exposing themselves to predators and weakening their gene pool by trying to be heard above the din of urban life. [...] Some birds, including robins, are choosing to sing at night instead of during the day." I always assumed that was purely a light pollution thing. Sad.
cities  birds  evolution  sound  pollution 
march 2009 by kevan
Eventyr: Misheard and Misunderstood
Jabberwocky through speech recognition. "It was bullied and the slightly toes / If you are in demand in the wake: / Augmented by the broke Graves, / On the Monmouth upgrade."
poetry  language  mutation  sound 
february 2009 by kevan
Play Auditorium
Diffuse-mirror puzzle game. "The Primary Goal of Auditorium is to guide your Flow into the various Audio Containers presented before you."
games  flash  puzzles  sound 
december 2008 by kevan
Groundbreaking system to prevent collisions between whales and sea-craft
"In attempting to unravel the chaotic rhythms of the sperm whale clicks, he was struck by the similarity between his underwater recordings and African tribal music. A Senegalese griot (drummer) confirmed the likeness and – amazingly – was able to pick individual whales from André’s recordings through their distinctive rhythmic structures."
mammals  water  sound  music  via:collision 
september 2008 by kevan
Audio Puzzler - Intro
"In the process of playing the game, players contribute transcriptions of snippets of video - the better the transcription, the more points the player earns."
games  puzzles  sound  via:waxy 
september 2008 by kevan
The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den
"The essay is 93 words long. Since every word is pronounced alike (except the tone), the entire essay becomes utterly unreadable in Mandarin."
china  poetry  sound  language 
july 2008 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Technology | 'Oldest' computer music unveiled
From 1951. "During the session, the temperamental [Ferranti Mark 1] managed to work its way through Baa Baa Black Sheep, God Save the King and part of In the Mood."
computers  music  sound  history 
june 2008 by kevan
Is Online Marketing Making Kids Obese?
"Kentucky Fried Chicken used a high-pitched Mosquito tone, [audible] only to those with extremely undamaged hearing such as children, in its television ad." During the line they wanted kids to pay attention to, which they then pitched as a 'competition'.
advertising  camrad  food  sound  ears 
march 2008 by kevan
Hide and Seek Sandpit » Blog Archive » Sandpit #2 tonight
A quick plug for tonight's pervasive-game Sandpit, which has a theme of 'Listening'. Call-and-response animal noises, mind-reading pickpockets, synchronised MP3 dancing and feudal kazoo-playing.
games  events  sound  london 
march 2008 by kevan
Hyena
Choose-your-own-adventure audiobooks on homebrew DS, operated by a single button, and still working with the case closed. Bundled with a creepily speech-synthesised Lone Wolf book as an example.
games  books  sound  technology  download  ds 
march 2008 by kevan
Experiments: Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good As Monster Cables?
"After 5 tests, none could determine which was the Monster 1000 cable or the coat hanger wire. Further, when music was played through the coat hanger wire, [all] agreed that what was heard sounded excellent."
music  sound  metal  delusions  via:qwghlm 
march 2008 by kevan
Frotzophone
"The topography simulated in the game is used to generate sound, as is the player's path through the game. A Frotzophone 'performance' looks just like playing a text adventure; but in addition to playing a game, you're also playing music."
if  music  maps  sound  via:leonard 
december 2007 by kevan
Rififi (1954)
A French heist film where the half-hour of breaking in and safecracking is played entirely without music or dialogue; no pointless exposition, and everyone just getting on with it. Will probably cast a shadow over every other heist film I see.
filmlog  4stars  crime  sound  paris 
august 2007 by kevan
Kempa.com: Vinyl Data
"[Shakin' Stevens] also had a Spectrum game included on a vinyl release. [...] The goal of 'The Shaky Game' is to drive Shakin' Stevens' car to the center of a maze while avoiding bats, who bite you."
games  music  sound  secrets  mazes 
june 2007 by kevan
Code of Practice on Noise from Ice Cream Van Chimes etc. 1982 [pdf]
"It is an Offence to sound your chimes so as to cause annoyance: [...] Except on approach to a selling point [...] When in sight of another ice-cream van which is trading [...] More often than once every 2 hours in the same street."
food  law  ice  sound  via:tim  filetype:pdf  media:document 
june 2007 by kevan
YouTube - ZX Spectrum - Manic Miner Loading
"I'm not even going to comment on this. It takes a specfic type of person to appreciate this. It may be possible to record the sound and load the game into a real Spectrum from this."
computers  nostalgia  sound  games  via:lmg 
april 2007 by kevan
Respect - Children remind adults to act responsibly on our streets
"The winning schoolchildren will be invited to become the ‘voice’ of the Talking CCTV in their town or city’s CCTV control room later this year."
surveillance  children  sound  psychology  via:penguin 
april 2007 by kevan
Super Mario Bros Sound Nuigurumi Series 2
"Similar to the Series 1 Question Block, a sound module is inserted inside a flap on the plush which makes a jingling sound when pounded. Punch it with your fist or hammer it with your head and the familiar Mario game jingle plays sweetly."
games  technology  sound  via:wonderland 
april 2007 by kevan
The VOCO Clock
"I'm so sorry to disturb you sir, but it appears to be morning. Very inconvenient, I agree, sir. I believe it is the rotation of the earth which is to blame, sir." A bemusing alarm clock with the voice of Stephen Fry, playing an eerily soporific Jeeves.
time  technology  sleep  sound 
february 2007 by kevan
Microsoft confirms Vista Speech Recognition remote execution flaw | George Ou | ZDNet.com
Exploiting speech recognition by having a PC play MP3 instructions at itself. "I have verified that I can create a sound file that can wake Vista speech recognition, open Windows Explorer, delete the documents folder, and then empty the trash."
hacking  software  sound  via:found 
february 2007 by kevan
Speak n Spell
"Stumbled across some a set of samples for the Speak & Spell, Speak & Maths and Speak & Read machines. Since I own both a Speak & Spell and a Speak & Maths, and had a bit of time to kill, I decided to make one in Flash."
children  education  flash  language  nostalgia  sound  technology  via:qwghlm 
february 2007 by kevan
Xinhua - "Seeing shoes" threaten guide dogs' jobs
"Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University say the glasses and shoes, which have a built-in computer, detect objects within close proximity through echo location then send a vibrating warning to the wearer."
clothes  technology  gps  sound  eyes 
august 2006 by kevan
Digital Peacock Tails - Post-Optimal Electronic Attire
"The Backstabber replays fragments of conversations recorded several hours ago. The wearer turns into a spy, a leakage between different times, and a security breach, but also a source of interesting secrets."
sound  technology  time  history  art  surveillance 
july 2006 by kevan
Stylus Magazine - Imperfect Sound Forever
"Music isn't meant to be at a consistent volume and flat frequency; it's meant to be dynamic, to move, to fall and rise and to take you with it, physically and emotionally. Otherwise it literally is just background noise."
music  sound  technology  history  via:collision 
july 2006 by kevan
Simon Elvins - Silent London
"Using information the government has collected on noise levels within London, a map has been plotted of the capitals most silent spaces." It almost hurts to look at.
london  sound  maps  via:foe 
june 2006 by kevan
Hukkle (2002)
A deadeningly slow meander through the ambient sounds and colours of rural Hungary, gazing at nature and machinery with equal fascination. A dialogue-free plot flows in the background, but it wasn't enough to keep me watching beyond forty minutes.
filmlog  2stars  sound  drinks 
may 2006 by kevan
ColorOfMySound.com
Exploring sound/colour synaesthesia. "First, choose a sound category. Then, after listening, choose the color to which you are most strongly drawn." Not many sounds up there yet, though, it's mostly just huge music files.
music  sound  eyes  brains 
may 2006 by kevan
Wired News: Hell Is Other People's Music
Momus on ubiquitous music. "New trends in iPod marketing impose a sort of Parkinson's Law of music: It inevitably expands to fill all the space we make available to it. And some of that is space I can hear through my wall, buddy."
music  society  sound 
april 2006 by kevan
Times Online - Budgie tops the bill as mimicry is put on CD
"The sound of a budgerigar singing in a Geordie accent and a blackbird imitating a computer modem have been released on a CD compiled by the British Library." Links to a couple of sound clips.
birds  sound  illusions  via:mcios 
march 2006 by kevan
MSN Health & Fitness - Is Your Life Too Loud?
"In 1984, [Hempton] identified 21 places in his home state of Washington that were essentially quiet - that is, they experienced no manmade noise for at least 15 minutes a day. By 1989, [that] number had dropped to just three places."
sound  technology  history  apocalypse 
march 2006 by kevan
netsong
"When provided a searchterm, the netsong bot will search for this term in a search engine. [...] Happily gathering text from each page it visits, the netsong bot savors the unique lyricality and poignant narrative of the web and begins to sing it."
sound  web  music 
february 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Actor Baker becomes voice of text
"Former Doctor Who actor Tom Baker is to be the voice of a talking text message service for three months. He replaces BT's computerised voice which currently translates texts into voice messages on a landline." Crikey.
phones  sound  via:lmg 
february 2006 by kevan
Poetry Archive
"The Poetry Archive is the world's premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work." Including some startling wax cylinders.
poetry  history  sound  via:mcios 
november 2005 by kevan
The Age: Scientists discover 'singing' iceberg
"Sound waves from the iceberg had a frequency of around 0.5 hertz, too low to be heard by humans, but by playing them at higher speed the iceberg sounded like a swarm of bees or an orchestra warming up."
ice  sound  music  bees 
november 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | UK | Noise machine deters shop gangs
Deterring loitering youths with sound frequencies that young ears are more sensitive to. "We just put it up and said nothing to the teenagers, then they came in to complain. They were literally begging me to turn it off."
sound  children  shops  ears 
november 2005 by kevan
Deafness in Disguise: Concealed Hearing Devices of the 19th and 20th Centuries
"The user held the case in his hand and a small wooden piece in his mouth was gripped tightly by the teeth. Sound was picked up by the diaphragm, and was passed to the user's teeth via vibrations through a piece of silk-covered wire."
sound  ears  technology  history  art  medicine  science  teeth  via:boynton 
october 2005 by kevan
Michael Anastassiades - Social Lighting
"This ceiling light will glow only when there is complete silence. No conversation can occur around it. Noise will cause the light source to dim down and eventually switch off."
light  sound  furniture  via:wmmna 
october 2005 by kevan
Sounds of the World's Animals
"Animals make much the same sounds around the world, but each language expresses them differently. English and French cows sound the same, but not in English and French!" And Japanese bees go "bunbun".
language  sound  world  bees  cows  pigeons  pigs  monkeys  mammals  cats  birds 
october 2005 by kevan
a.Game production | a.Shooter - Sonic Invaders
"a.Shooter is the first prototype release of a.Game production: a solely acoustical ego-shooter game. The player's task is to shoot up sonic invaders conquering a virtual room as defined by panorama, pitch and volume."
games  download  sound  music  todo  via:wmmna 
september 2005 by kevan
Wikipedia: Colors of noise
Other recognised colours of noise, besides white: "The next most commonly used color is pink noise. Its frequency spectrum is not flat, but has equal power in bands that are proportionally wide." Includes sound clips.
sound  light  via:holly 
september 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Buzzers fail to halt mosquitoes, warns Which?
"There is no conclusive evidence to prove that the female mosquito can even hear." [...] "In all 18 products were tested six times, with an expert locked in a sealed room with 30 mosquitoes."
insects  sound  advertising  lies  technology  scams 
september 2005 by kevan
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