Just listen: what is the sound that you can identify as being physically furthest away from where you are? Is it traffic, a jet engine, a computer fan, air conditioning, birds, animals, the weather, the TV?
What is the sound closest to you that you can identify? Can you hear your heart beat, your blood flow? And what is that high-pitched sound that seems to be ever present?
The intensity and the consistent presence of sonic textures such as machine noise, distorted high-frequency sounds, mid-range drones, sub-sonic hums and the like have significantly shaped the contexts of our hearing.
Radio has had a huge impact on the ways we hear and listen to the human voice, exploiting the use of vocal qualities and manipulating the sound through the use of effects such as reverberation, echo and compression.… Read the rest