Category:
Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Earth Horns With Electronic Drone

Please share the chronological limits of your tolerance for this "music."

The creator's Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 02, 2023 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Twenty-first Century, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Mutalk Voice Suppression Microphone

A new product coming soon from Shiftall:

"mutalk" is a soundproof Bluetooth microphone that makes it difficult for others to hear your voice and at the same time, makes it difficult for ambient noise to enter the microphone.

You'd look ridiculous wearing one of these things. And unfortunately the people who need to wear them (those who carry on loud conversations on their phone in crowded, public places) would never do it.





It reminds me of the "Scream Muffler" (patented in 1989).

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 14, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

George Crumb’s “Black Angels”

Let us all know when you jump ship.

The composer's Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 20, 2022 - Comments (8)
Category: 1970s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

The Mighty Tiny Phonograph

Real record players and real 45's were so prevalent and inexpensive, why would anyone invest in this?





Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 10, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Toys, 1960s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Allan Bryant, “Space Guitars”

Let us all know how far you get before tossing in the audio towel.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 23, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Space Travel, 1970s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

The Acoustics of Miniskirts

October 1969: UCLA Professor Vern O. Knudsen assembled ten young women wearing miniskirts in a reverberation chamber and fired a blank cartridge from a pistol. He did this to prove his hypothesis that bare legs revealed by a miniskirt will reflect more sound than legs covered by a long skirt.

His hypothesis confirmed, he warned that miniskirt wearers might disturb the carefully engineered balance of sound in concert halls by reflecting more sound. He noted: "We must be acoustically thankful that they don't wear bikinis."

Rock Island Argus - Oct 29, 1969



Orangeburg Times and Democrat - Oct 29, 1969



Oddly enough, this wasn't the first time a scientist had warned of the acoustic danger of short skirts. Back in 1929, Colgate University Professor Donald A. Laird had issued a very similar warning: "He quoted scientific reports to prove that shortening of women's skirts has added to noise by removing some sound deadening surface."

San Bernardino County Sun - July 4, 1929



Related posts: Miniskirts for road safety, Nun in a miniskirt

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 03, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Science, Experiments, 1960s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Playing Music With Animals

Here is one track from this album (tracklist below). If you wish to listen to the rest, visit the Internet Archive and choose the Spotify option.

The human's Wikipedia page.



Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 26, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Animals, Music, 1980s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Third Ear Band

Let us know when you bail.

Their Wikipedia page.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 13, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Music, 1970s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Toshi Ichiyanagi, RIP

The avant-garde composer was Yoko Ono's first husband, with, apparently, a similar flair for the experimental.







Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 10, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Avant Garde, Obituaries, Asia, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

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