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Silence World

Background sound audio map like deep space photos
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This would be a virtual audio world like Aporee.org/maps, except it would be only extremely high precision recordings of "silence". So people all over the world could find extremely quiet places, record the background and then analyze it like they analyze deep space photos, except that I guess you could correlate it with regular recordings of the real world. But somehow I think there would be something especially interesting about the background sounds that make up the sound setting in the quietest places on earth. Some combination of what gets through and the interaction of the listener.
JesusHChrist, Aug 08 2015

the Muazzen can be a solution https://www.youtube...watch?v=kQohpS4-ZlI
[pashute, Aug 10 2015]

anti Muazin rally https://www.youtube...watch?v=Pfguq1JQuBw
[pashute, Aug 10 2015]

Weird sounds of animals in the silence of nature at the Tel Aviv botanic park https://www.youtube...watch?v=0ChvjyrRnxM
Aside from these animals all that can be heard is the natural roar of nearby highway [pashute, Aug 10 2015]

https://en.wikipedi...ki/Impulse_response [Ian Tindale, Aug 13 2015]


       So handy when the mic has a little "on/off" switch, don't you find?
pocmloc, Aug 09 2015

       Actually, this is quite Zen ....
8th of 7, Aug 09 2015

       Any remote area where snow is falling heavily, under wind- less conditions, is my candidate for the quietest place on Earth.
Vernon, Aug 09 2015

       Have you ever tried mediating while The Simpsons are screaming in the other room? Grrrr...husbands. It's not easy, let me just say. Not at all. I want to move to the quietest place on Earth and never come back. I'd be good with that.
blissmiss, Aug 09 2015

       That's terrible. What you are trying to do is one of the most important things a human being can do, and your husband ought to respect and honour that. Who are you mediating between?
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 09 2015

       OOPPppps, missed a "t'. Please excue me .
blissmiss, Aug 09 2015

       I thought this was going to be a theme park idea - I'd quite like to visit the Silence World theme park.
hippo, Aug 10 2015

popbottle, Aug 12 2015

sninctown, Aug 12 2015

       Haha, bliss, I actually read it as 'meditating', and only realized the typo and altered meaning afterward, to much humorous effect. Itchy and Scratchy partners in inner calm do not make.   

       [+] for the deep concept. 4'33" and all that. Couldn't we do this with all the senses? The least scented place on earth, the, um, least tactile... -feeling... place on earth, the place with the least taste (present company excluded). We just need to invent the way to record and playback the other formats - a sensory deprivation tank comes to mind for the lack of touch.
absterge, Aug 12 2015

       What [8th] said.
Voice, Aug 12 2015

       The trouble is, you’d end up recording the characteristics of the recording process more than anything external and environmental, if you’re not careful.   

       The acquisition process would be very demanding, microphones that are somehow extremely wide-band, linear and with unrealistically low self-noise. Attention would have to be paid to positioning of the mic array to avoid phasing and comb filtering effects of interaction of spacing and direction of mic placements with environmental features. The recording medium would have to offer almost no noise and distortion (including digital quantisation effects) and impossibly wide bandwidth beyond audio range.   

       The three dimensional soundscape would be a big problem to accurately convey, as it would be hard to decide where the soundscape is, and if you do decide, what if you later change your mind about “where” the shape and form of this silence is? How embarrassing would it be to later discover you were facing the incorrect direction all along, like hanging a painting upside down! Also, what if you missed the most important silence, or packed the gear away before the really good bit happened? Or worst still, missed the beginning (so you’d have to wait for the repeat).   

       I still think you’d be recording the recording gear more than what’s out there (or isn’t). And as a result, the recording process would have to be identically replicable, or you’d inadvertently perceive the differences between equipment configurations and mistaking them for the difference between the flavour of silence available at various locations.   

       Having said that, look up “impulse response” recordings (used to model reverberation types).
Ian Tindale, Aug 13 2015


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