Hearing Loss

In the article “How Loud Is Too Loud? Doctors and Club Owners on Hearing Loss and Volume,” Molly Beauchemin explores the dangers of loud music at venues. She stated that while photographing for an event in Montreal, she saw audience members covering their ears, which she later learned that this was because the music was so loud that audience members could develop Tinnitus. The article states that, “Tinnitus is a neurological problem that originates in the brain, involving miscommunication between noise-damaged sensory cells; the result is a continuous ringing sound in the ears.”

Beauchemin advised that concert goers should wear earplugs to the venues, “When properly inserted, foam earplugs block out dangerous frequencies . . . Most agree that if earplugs are going to “cut out” any important sounds, it’ll be vocals, which sit on the high end of the mix and are hardest to capture because of the artist’s distance from the mic and the fact that they are constantly moving. Audiologists, however, agree that vocals aren’t loud enough to be blocked out even from cheap earplugs, which are designed to cut out only the dangerous frequencies.” These “Dangerous” frequencies would be at the high end of the frequency scale, ranging from 3khz to 20khz, which is this high-pitched sound that change tone on each frequency. However, the most damaging frequency to humans is said to be around 4KHz or 4,000Hz.

Beauchemin also stated that most venues are said to play music at 98-115dB, which is significantly loud, being that the max volume played is 20dB louder than what is required for hearing loss to occur. Playing music this loud is mainly to make an environment that the audience can feel and it creates, as one would explain, “an out of this world experience.” If music was played lower at concerts I don’t think the audience would have the same experience as they currently do, although It being played ‘too loud’ is not particularly good for one’s ear, it’s the experience which makes it enjoyable.

Ultimately, I would rather loud music because it creates a specific feeling, as stated above. However, I would wear earplugs so I don’t damage my ears as much.

52 Blue

In the article “The Legend of the Loneliest Whale in the World,” by Leslie Jamison, It was discovered that an unusual sound was coming from the depths of the ocean at 52 Hertz. When Petty Officer 2nd Class Velma Ronquille and Joe George discovered that this sound was coming from a whale, they didn’t think this was possible. The frequency was described as “off the charts”, mainly because blue whales usually produce a sound in the 15-20 hertz range. This whale was producing a sound with a higher frequency than usual for that type of whale, which hindered communication to other whales, hence it is the ‘loneliest whale in the world.’ This whale was later named 52 Blue, 52 for the frequency it communicated in, and blue because it was believed to be a blue whale.

Most people are drawn to this story, mainly because it is dubbed a ‘sob story’. Imagine an animal is out in the Pacific Ocean, which is huge by the way, and is not able to communicate with other whales. This sparked responses from many people, Kate Stafford stated, “He’s saying, ‘Hey, I’m out here’,” however there were no responses to its calls. Musicians also named projects after the lonely whale, a filmmaker by the name of Josh Zeman hoped to make a documentary titled 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World, however the article stated that, “his funding fell through two weeks after it was announced.”

The author of this article wrote, “One of the themes of Zeman’s film is modern loneliness, that people are particularly responsive to the story of 52 in the digital era—when the Internet promises connectivity, but can actually deliver us even deeper into isolation.” Essentially, this refers to how we are more disconnected now more than ever. People nowadays are lacking the emotional connection of actually being around someone, rather than messaging that individual on the Internet; this explains how people are more detached in today’s society. I agree with the author, mainly because this is true. Being around people, rather than through a screen, helps in being more emotionally connected with our peers, because you can see their emotions rather than sending a text.

Listening to and Creating a Podcast

Part I :

According to Google, a podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. This is different from other kinds of media because the hosts can express themselves freely, without having to follow any language restrictions that are present on TV and radio, and it is also free; unlike TV and satellite radio.

The show I picked was “Another Round”, I chose this show because I watch a lot of buzzfeed’s videos on YouTube and I wanted to see how this would compare to them. I listened to the first episode titled ‘Unlearning’, in which they interviewed writer Durga Chew-Bose, discussed house parties gone wrong, and also described ‘white people’ culinary. This was a very good listen, one of the host described her experiences in the club with what she called a ‘cat-daddy’, “A cat daddy is a 65+ year old man who dresses in nothing but Steve Harvey suits, Stacy Adams shoes of very loud colors, linen shirts, and they go to these clubs on the weekend to go and buy young girls drinks.” She also talked about an experience at one of her friend’s birthday party. The writer Durga Chew-Bose read a piece from her essay ‘How I Learned To Stop Erasing Myself’, which she talked about how she started to express her views in her writings, which she thought was invisible before.

The tone of this podcast was a mixture of humor, information and conversation. At the beginning of this podcast there was a lot of humor when one of the host were talking about their experiences at parties, however when Chew-Bose got on it got informative, regarding the race barrier in literature. I thought this show was good, this is the first podcast I ever listened to and I would definitely listen again.

Part II:

If I were to create a podcast the name of it would be ‘What Happened?’ This show would be comprised of many different topics. These topics would include my experiences, the experiences of the viewers (which could be submitted for a future episode), issues regarding my demographic, giving advice, and crazy news story. Basically it would be a podcast on what’s happening in the world. My intended audience would be teenagers to young adults and whoever else is interested.

The motivation behind this podcast is mainly because of a YouTube channel called Just Kidding News, in which they share their opinions on news stories that are sometimes submitted by the viewers. Normally there are six people present on this show sharing their views on different issues. Also, I like to engage in conversation that talks about issues that most people would ignore talking about, while being entertaining to viewers.

The host of my podcast would be me, and I would have a few co-hosts and guests as well, so the viewers can have multiple opinions to hear, and to also make the show more entertaining than having one person talking and only hearing their opinion, which can get boring to some people. The length of this show would vary depending on what topics are discussed in each episode, but I would aim for at least 30 minutes each episode.

This show would have different segments which all deals with the question ‘What Happened?’ One of which would be about what happened this week, pertaining to the news and/or experiences of mine. Another segment could be about experiences of the viewers, whatever it may be, and I would give my opinion on the situation. Another segment could be a live Q&A portion of the show or the hosts trying to give advice to the viewers.

Week 9 OPTION #1

While doing this project I encountered difficulties with Panning a stereo track, which seemed very difficult at first, however I understood the concept. My favorite way to create a sense of space is to use Panning, this is because it gives a a sense of motion, which makes the listener feel the track.

Another Galaxy

My aim for this piece was to make a normal human conversation sound as if they were non-human creatures from another galaxy. To achieve this i used EQ, Reverb , I panned two different channels to left and right and i also used a pitch shift for the different sounds.

Storytelling with SFX

For this piece I had to record myself reading a story from narratively, and then add sound effects in Pro Tools. I read “My Runaway Childhood,” by Melissa Chadburn. The sound effects that I added included a person running, a bus pulling up to a bus stop, a car driving pass while a can is thrown out the window; which I panned from left to right, and lastly a woman frightinly saying no; which I also panned from left to right.


Janai Senior.

For this piece we had to ask 6 people two questions: What are their thoughts on the recent weather conditions in New York and what was their worst experience involving these conditions. The song i chose is Dustmotes’ “A Visit”.

The Quiet American

This project was created to display the different sounds the producer experienced, while traveling to various countries around the world. The main goal of this project as stated by the producer is to “… Sketch in sound the experience of being in an unfamiliar place.” While listening to a few of these recordings I felt as if I was actually in that particular place. I mostly listened to the recordings found in the Discography section. While listening to “Three Trains”, I could picture a train coming in the distance. I felt as if I was there in flesh, the crickets, the gong and the train, all felt real. The rainfall in “Stuck,” made it seem as if I was also experiencing the storm from inside a vehicle. Ultimately, these recordings put me in a place that the producer said they would. I felt like a tourist, that I was transported to the specific scenes captured in the recordings.

Janai Senior