Aural postcard: Can-Am championship

Mainly what I wanted to demonstrate here is the chaotic – both visually and sonically – environment of the Can-Am championships, Vancouver 2012. In this corner of the video we see the Qigong competitors moving along to soft music with focus and concentration, next to the more advanced Taiji individual forms. Then the video pans Read more about Aural postcard: Can-Am championship[…]

Aural postcard: Disney in the Aquarium

So as part of ICAD 2012 in Atlanta, GA we got a private visit to the aquarium and as per usual, in addition to the amazing fish, whale sharks, belugas and giant manta rays, I was paying some attention to the sonic designs of each exhibit. Along with some cool “authentic sounds” by the beluga Read more about Aural postcard: Disney in the Aquarium[…]

A Little Bit of Noise

I feel like noise is implicit in a lot of my posts, especially the aural postcards posts, but I often won’t feature it directly or elaborate on particular offending instances. Where I live is a fairly noisy location. Even during the night, the road is a thoroughfare for cars, ambulances (close to major hospitals) and various sirens Read more about A Little Bit of Noise[…]

Aural Postcard – Sunday morning @ Mall

I actually wanted to name this something snappy like “Sunday morning spirituality” like, some people go to church (still a cultural experience i have to remind myself exists…) and some people go to the mall. I had to drive my dad to the airport and found myself in possession of a car for a week. Read more about Aural Postcard – Sunday morning @ Mall[…]

Aural Postcard: Sounds of PAX

PAX was an absolute aural candy as far as documenting goes…I probably drove my companion nuts recording, taking video, constantly measuring the environment. Inventory: The space was around four adjacent open-concept high-ceiling halls, as big as stadiums it seemed that housed games expos, vendors, gigantic individual company exhibits (Disney’s was particularly notable) complete with their individual mini-stages, and miked announcers. Lack Read more about Aural Postcard: Sounds of PAX[…]

Aural Postcard: Blood Diamond Mix

Not that I have so much to say, but this happened recently and it was too good not to document. I guess just as an aside note, the iPhone has really “revolutionized” this type of documenting for me. Usually, even though I have a high-quality recorder, I’d only take it on special occasions, go purposefully Read more about Aural Postcard: Blood Diamond Mix[…]

Aural Postcard: Video Games Live

This was my first Video Games Live. Even though I went to a Final Fantasy – themed concert, I hadn’t been to VGL. Wow! What a great, fun, interesting event. Where do I begin – the demographic of 80% pimply teenagers filling the Queen E Theatre, the guitar hero competition in the lobby, the whistling Read more about Aural Postcard: Video Games Live[…]

Aural Postcard: Nature’s garden

My first post from the iPhone WordPress app! I am sitting at a deli cafe on the SFU called Nature’s garden. Abba playing in the background, sunshine bathing the windows in light, and a quite loudish fridge dislpay unit near me providing a constant roaring buzz, distant voices and cooking sounds from inside the kitchen, Read more about Aural Postcard: Nature’s garden[…]

Aural Postcard: Our Town cafe

Well, as I suspected, and now is confirmed, I DO spend a lot of my time at different coffee shops around town, and some of my social time at a few restaurants and small venues. As I am still doing collection of soundscape information, impressions, etc. I will have more and more iterations of “The Read more about Aural Postcard: Our Town cafe[…]

Aural Postcard: Jogging, Music, Place

Running, especially longer distances, is a time when our listening is probably much more acute than in the rest of our daily routine. Whether one is listening to an electroacoustic soundscape over headphones, or just to the natural environment around them, there is nothing else to do but run and listen. If running with company, sometimes Read more about Aural Postcard: Jogging, Music, Place[…]