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Hempton went on to make a vocation of listening. He discovered that the use of a microphone turned him into a better listener, because he learned to take his cue from that tool, which didn’t judge the relative value of the different sounds it was absorbing. Having always in the past striven to listen for the “important” sounds, Hempton stopped trying to prioritize based on his own limited perspective and discovered the majesty of the uncurated soundscape.

In beginning to hear without privileging certain sounds over others, he found that every place on earth has a unique sonic character. But, intriguingly, Hempton defines his different experiences of geographically specific auditory signatures as experiences of silence, which he calls the “poetics of space.”
sound  silence  acoustic-ecology  field-recording  listening  noise-pollution  Gordon-Hempton  Emergence 
2 days ago by zzkt
This Is Your Brain on Silence - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus
As it turned out, even though all the sounds had short-term neurological effects, not one of them had a lasting impact. Yet to her great surprise, Kirste found that two hours of silence per day prompted cell development in the hippocampus, the brain region related to the formation of memory, involving the senses. This was deeply puzzling: The total absence of input was having a more pronounced effect than any sort of input tested.
silence 
7 weeks ago by trustfundbaby
Jenny Odell: How to Do Nothing
This is real. The living, breathing bodies in this room are real. I am not an avatar, a set of preferences, or some smooth cognitive force. I’m lumpy, I’m an animal, I hurt sometimes, and I’m different one day to the next. I hear, I see, and I smell things that hear, see, and smell me. And it can take a break to remember that, a break to do nothing, to listen, to remember what we are and where we are.
silence  quiet  society  peace  work  time 
7 weeks ago by matthewmcvickar
Filling the Silence with Digital Noise
Many people use digital media to avoid silence or empty time.
background  device  human  interaction  noise  silence 
9 weeks ago by te-online

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