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Bernie Krause: “A soundscape is worth a thousand pictures”

For his first nature recording, back in 1967, Bernie Krause took a couple of microphones and a reel-to-reel recorder into Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco,...

How to make your Oscars party sound great

If you’re having an Oscars® party, chances are you’ve got your ballots, popcorn, and possibly a drinking game or two all planned out. But before you settle...

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Gaming the brain with sound

Hearing is more than a matter of noise entering our ears: it’s the result of our perception and our brain’s reconciliation of many inputs—sound, images, and more.  We’re constantly processing information and making judgments about the location and source of sounds. These assessments in turn help us make mundane as well as life-saving choices, from…