Sounds like a book

David George Haskell’s Sounds Wild and Broken (2022) seeks to establish sound as a new vital sign for the environment. It takes on more than it bargained for.

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Protest isn’t noise

When you describe the sounds of protest as “noise” you deny its democratic function—and admit how much it bothers you.

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UK rainfall variability: It never rains but it pours

In an era of disastrous storms and constant fear over coastal defences and flooding, you might expect rainfall to show reliable, multi-decade, climate-influenced patterns. Or at least to swing wildly, as seasonal temperatures do. The actual picture is incredibly complex: precipitation is in fact trending in certain directions and swinging wildly at the same time.… Continue reading UK rainfall variability: It never rains but it pours

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A field guide to open secrets

Getting to know a place takes time, even with methods like a randomised sound survey. It also takes the courage to throw away your map.

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Remembering a crisis in sound

Street recordings from the UK’s first coronavirus lockdown tell a tale of quietness, crisis, and the presence of absence.

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Traffic isn’t noise

The way we hear traffic sounds reveals what we think of as worth hearing.

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