If you’ve ever driven a baby around town simply because parking would mean waking her, then you know the power of a car’s ability to knock a kid out. Now, Honda may be looking to capitalize on that phenomenon with a plush red car toy that plays revving engine sounds. The Sound Sitter is still in the testing phase and is not yet available for purchase, but they may be on to something. The product’s website is almost entirely in Japanese (or you can have it roughly translated to English), but if you watch Honda’s video of crying babies who are given the toy, you get the idea. Writer Emily Engle at Core77 has kindly translated some of Honda’s explanation of the science behind a soothing engine sound: “Humans with nearly 70% moisture are susceptible to sound and the body is affected at the cellular level. Various studies on the influence of sound on newborn babies have been made, and it is also becoming clear that the sound close to the womb sound is … [Read more...] about Why Not Soothe Your Baby With the Sweet Sounds of a Honda Engine?
Tibetan incantations the meditative sound of buddhist chants
Climate change is existentially terrifying and also frustratingly abstract—a combination that makes it really hard for many people to connect with in a personal way, as one does with say, a work of art. Enter the Chicago-based duo Luftwerk—Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero—who have bridged that disconnect with their latest public art installation, White Wanderer, currently on view in Chicago’s Riverside Plaza through October 1st. Bachmaier and Gallero are known for their luminous light-based installations in public spaces and architecture, and their latest effort is their first attempt to incorporate climate change messaging into their work. “In urban life we get lost in our daily activities and don’t look at the larger picture of what’s happening to our planet and how it will impact our lives in the city,” said Bachmaier. She wants White Wanderer to get pedestrians to stop, listen, look, and get curious about the faraway places that … [Read more...] about Listen to the Haunting Sounds of Antarctica’s Disintegrating Ice Sheets
The A.V. Club’s list of 2018’s best albums was determined by eight critics, who each submitted a ranked ballot of their top 10 to 20 records of the year. Those ballots can be found below, some with annotations providing insight into their choices. Top 10 1. Beach House, 7Song For Alpha Hell-OnHunterKnock Knock6. Saba, Care For MeHoneySafe In The Hands Of Love9. Georgia Anne Muldrow, OverloadIn A Poem Unlimited The next 10 11. Earl Sweatshirt, Some Rap Songs12. Low, Double Negative13. Noname, Room 25Whack World15. Farao, Pure-ODirty Computer17. Julia Holter, AviaryFM!19. Helena Hauff, QualmNegro Swan Top 5 reissues 1. Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, Paix (Mexican Summer)Our Garden Needs Its Flowers (Awesome Tapes)Devotion (Vinyl Me, Please)Treasure (4AD)Music And Poetry Of The Kesh (RVNG International) Top 5 EPs 1. Bbymutha, Bbyshoe2. Midori Tikada & Lafawndah, Le Renard Bleu3. Roísín Murphy, Plaything/Like4. Jenny Hval, The Long Sleep5. Kaitlyn … [Read more...] about The best albums of 2018: The ballots
To many of us, there is no better sound than the tinny, music-box-like dulcet tones of the local ice cream truck, announcing delicious frozen treats for all. If you’re a hard-hearted New Yorker, though, those same sounds may drive straight to instant rage. The New York Post reports that “nearly 1,300 complaints were filed with the city over the past 12 months” about the noise associated with the Mister Softee truck, “with Queens residents being the least chill, data shows.” So many questions: Who would one complain to, first of all? Does the frustration with the Mister Softee song necessitate a 911 call, for example? Or did hundreds of irritated parties actually march right up to New York’s City Hall to register their complaints formally? Also: What is their beef, specifically? How long did that Mister Softee guy hang around? According to The Post, the truck frequented Cambria Heights, where complaints rose 300 percent. Queens saw an 11-percent … [Read more...] about New Yorkers enraged by the joyful sounds of a Mister Softee ice cream truck
Wish you were sitting by a stream in Yosemite listening to water gurgle over rocks right now instead of in your cubicle hearing clacking keyboards? The National Park Foundation has dropped Parktracks, a 12-minute soundtrack made from audio recorded at national parks across the United States. Hit play and you'll hear hummingbirds, squirrels, coyotes, owls and other sounds that definitely aren't fire drills and ringtones. Plenty of mindfulness and relaxation apps offer soothing sounds, of course, but there's something nice about picturing sites like Zion National Park as you try to become one with nature before you have to become one with your next conference call. More on our national parks National parks want you to stop picking them clean The National Park Foundation, the official charity partner of the National Park Service, released Parktracks to celebrate the park service's 102nd birthday. All sounds were captured by the National Park Service's Natural Sounds and Night … [Read more...] about Stream a real stream with the soothing sounds of national parks