Some of the best from yesterday’s World Listening Day
How the snickometer works: the sound of the ashes
Why Sharapova’s grunts are like a whip-bird
How the roof of the Centre Court at Wimbledon changes a thwack to a thwock as the racket hits the ball
How weather affects the sound at festivals like Glastonbury
What makes a geat mobile recording, we’re trying to find out using YouTube clips from Glastonbury.
Can a football crowd cook an egg: only with vuvuzelas.
I was refilling the pond in my garden (it got damaged by ice) and noticed the huge range of sounds that I could make. Moving the hose around so the refilling water hit the rocks instead of the pond surface, changing the height of the hose or turn the water flow up or down, all… Continue reading What makes a water feature sound good?
I was walking in snowy Manchester yesterday and was astonished by how loud the crunching underfoot was. The snow has been on the ground for a couple of days, and the compacted snow on the pavements seems to have reached the optimal consistency for making loud crunching sounds. Why does snow make a crunching sound… Continue reading The snow crunch
Why is the sound of fingernails dragging down a chalk board so horrible? This question just won’t go away. Ever since I ran an experiment into the worst sound in the World (www.sound101.org), a lack of a good answer has been bothering me. I’ve been doing some science shows for sixth formers in London recently,… Continue reading Fingernails and blackboards