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

Rainfall might be stable from year to year, but the story is very different day to day. by Jay RichardsonWednesday 29th June 2022 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… 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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