To be a Human: Sounds in our World (dB)

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To be a Human: Sounds in or World (dB)

To be a Human: Sounds in our World (dB) is a small collection of authentic short field recordings assembled from locations in the UK, Ireland & Europe synced with visual Imagery to display the various sounds & decibel statistics in our world & every day human existence.

Decibel definition: A unit used to measure the intensity of a sound or the power level of an electrical signal by comparing it with a given lead on logarithmic scale.  A decibel is one tenth of one bel.

The world is louder than ever and although some sounds feel organic like walking through autumn crispy leaves or ringing your first metallic bicycle bell, other day-to-day sounds can feel more chaotic like the screeching of an underground subway train or a teenager playing loud music from a tiny speaker on a crowded bus.  Throughout time loud noises can subconsciously have a negative impact on your health especially your ears.  It maybe just one of the reasons why human beings continue to search for peace and serenity amid the chaos of the modern hi-tech world.

The effect of noises on hearing vary among people.  Some ears are sensitive to loud sounds especially various frequencies.  Healthy human hearing can hear frequencies ranging from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.  Sound pressure is measured in decibels.   A sound level which is loud enough for a long duration (For example 90 dB and beyond) can result in damage to the hair cells in your inner ear, leading to hearing loss and tinnitus.

Drawing inspiration from composers such as Murray Schaffer, John Cage and Miles Davis, Throughout the last few years I collected a series of field recordings in the UK, Ireland & Europe.

Through this short video audio installation presented one could take time and listen and reflect on your own environment, where you want to be and what you want to listen too.  The aim is to increase awareness on your ears, levels of sound & listening outside of yourself.

The visual moving images take you on a very short audio journey from a small every day device, through nature’s symphony, mechanical transportation and on towards the threshold of human hearing and finally into what many of us have never truly experience but one day will,Silence‘. 

The short one minute forty second video features original field recordings from Uk, Eire & European locations.

These Field Recordings include environmental, nature, mechanical, tourism, Concert, travel and transport sounds.

Have a listen to the recordings & consider the decibel levels where you are.

Sound is almost like a drug.  It’s so pure that when it goes in your ears, it instantly does something to you.  And you can tell if that’s working for you

David Lynch.

2 thoughts on “To be a Human: Sounds in our World (dB)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    As a human found this a single person’s life of moments of sounds… Very interesting short piece though 😁

    • aos says:

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. All recordings were captured in the moment.
      To see life from a different perspective.

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