Natu-aural

Ramblings about sound etc.

Sensory Postcard: Ghost Train 2014

Following last year’s Ghost train ride, I went again this year, and this time I was prepared to record. Last year’s entry is special to me, because it was really one of the first experiences that made me reframe my entries from ‘aural’ to ‘sensory’ postcards. There was something about riding on that tiny rickety Read more about Sensory Postcard: Ghost Train 2014[…]

Sensory Postcard: Galiano Island

So once again, it was the time of my annual pilgrimage to Galiano Island, where I spent two weeks with one dog, two cats, and one girlfriend (one of the weeks). I have listened, thought and written about this before (including at the Acoustic Ecology journal), so nothing new…but this time around I had some Read more about Sensory Postcard: Galiano Island[…]

Sensory Postcard: Five Elements

Just another observation of the clash of visual and sonic contexts that makes me realize how much I (we) am driven by the visual atmosphere of specific environments and that actually clashes with the holistic sensory experience of being there. I went to this favourite Vietnamese joint intending to chill, have lunch and do some Read more about Sensory Postcard: Five Elements[…]

Sensory postcard: WLD @QE Park

So this year for World Listening Day (and by the way it always seems like we in Vancouver – the birthplace of acoustic ecology and all that jazz – always fall short of our international colleagues in terms of taking advantage of the day towards public education and sound awareness) a little group, a subsection Read more about Sensory postcard: WLD @QE Park[…]

Sensory Postcard: SFU campus

As an aside note, I am always playing catch-up with all my ‘sensory postcards’ – I take way too many photos, videos and audio recordings and can never manage to turn all of these experiences into blog entries…it really has become about ‘recording to remember now, not remember later’ (the tagline from fieldnotes). I guess if Read more about Sensory Postcard: SFU campus[…]

Sensory Postcard: Coffeetivity at The Bean

I came by an interesting post today on Facebook, from the Creative Post about a study (I am yet to read, but very curious) which suggests that coffee shop ambience fosters creative intellectual labour. The story goes as so – as more and more independent creative contracts are moved to the cafe instead of to the (home) Read more about Sensory Postcard: Coffeetivity at The Bean[…]

Sensory Postcard: Limerick Soundwalk

So, I’ve been meaning to put up a bunch of my impressions of Limerick online. These come from a visit in the end of March for the Urban Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship conference there at UofL. As well as being the first time travelling for me in quite a long time, I also attended a Read more about Sensory Postcard: Limerick Soundwalk[…]

Skylanders Lost Islands

So I’m addicted to a new little game – a pretty, catchy ‘farming’ game. The graphics and joyful atmosphere do a lot to draw one in, and if I may add, the game mechanics are clever and do a lot to hook you. Before I knew it, I had been playing for 4 hours and Read more about Skylanders Lost Islands[…]

London Sound Survey – Hackney year

  This project realized through London Sound Survey is Richard Beard’s 100 recordings of wildlife (mostly birds) in the area of Hackney. What makes this project different and delightful is usually similar projects are based on geo-mapping – mapping single recordings to particular location on a map. This “map” is basically a time-map. Multiple recordings Read more about London Sound Survey – Hackney year[…]