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2012-05-17 23:01:02

A new contest from The Hearing and Speech Agency will award five winners with an opportunity to be part of a new album in celebration of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) May 17, 2012 The Baltimore Soundscape Project has partnered with a group of local musicians and is inviting the entire city to participate in MOBTOWNmoon, a re-creation of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, recorded by Baltimore-based musicians. Sounds can be submitted between May 15 and June...

Image 1 - Studying Nature's Rhythms: Soundscape Ecologists Spawn New Field
2012-02-08 04:46:59

Listen to biophony, geophony, anthrophony: the 'music' of Planet Earth Geophony. Biophony. Anthrophony. Unfamiliar words. But they shouldn't be. We're surrounded by them morning, noon and night, say ecologist Bryan Pijanowski of Purdue University and colleagues. The evening "singing" of frogs. Burbling brooks, breaking waves and the whistling wind. Planes, trains and automobiles. Biophony is the music created by organisms like frogs and birds; geophony, the composition of...

2012-01-26 13:30:57

University of Massachusetts Amherst fish biologists have published one of the first studies of deep-sea fish sounds in more than 50 years, collected from the sea floor about 2,237 feet (682 meters) below the North Atlantic. With recording technology now more affordable, Rodney Rountree, Francis Juanes and colleagues are exploring the idea that many fish make sounds to communicate with each other, especially those that live in the perpetual dark of the deep ocean. Though little is known at...

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2011-03-02 11:32:43

By Brian Wallheimer, Purdue University A Purdue University researcher is leading an effort to create a new scientific field that will use sound as a way to understand the ecological characteristics of a landscape and to reconnect people with the importance of natural sounds. Soundscape ecology, as it's being called, will focus on what sounds can tell people about an area. Bryan Pijanowski, an associate professor of forestry and natural resources and lead author of a paper outlining the field...

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2008-10-06 10:45:00

Rattlesnakes are not the friendliest creatures. Ordinarily, they are best left alone instead of being snuck up on. However, when it is your job to record the sounds of Western animals, you do not have the luxury of avoiding them. "You get yourself in some strange situations," says Jeff Rice, a University of Utah research librarian who is working to produce the first complete free archive of natural sounds in the West for the public. Rice was sitting in the hills above Utah, aiming his...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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