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"Music is the harmonious voice of creation, an echo of the invisible world, one note of the divine concord which the entire universe is destined one day to sound." - Guissepe Mazzini



sound
/saʊnd/

noun
noun: sound; noun: musical sound; plural noun: musical sounds
1.
vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person's or animal's ear.
"light travels faster than sound"
2.
sound produced by continuous and regular vibrations, as opposed to noise

verb
verb: sound; 3rd person present: sounds; past tense: sounded; past participle: sounded; gerund or present participle: sounding
1.
emit or cause to emit sound.
"a loud buzzer sounded"
2.
convey a specified impression when heard.
"he sounded worried"


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During in class discussion of our experiment ideas and proceedings, I became aware of the constant ebb and flow of conversation in the room. Realising that this in itself was a form of unity, I wanted to test out unity in sound for my first experiment. My idea was that even though we all have individual voices with different pitch and timbre, we could all hear each other due to the frequency range of the human species. When looking at the spectrum of sound and seeing the narrow range that human hearing falls in, I thought it would be an interesting area to look into.
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Some of the feedback given by my colleagues was the suggestion of isolating different voices from a recording and looking at the sound wave diagram of each one. Another idea was to stack separate sound recordings together and build up a conversation. I kept these thoughts in mind and after class, I walked around city while taking a sound recording.

When I attempted to separate the recording into individual elements, I struggled a lot due to the large amount of different noises overlapping with one another. I quickly realised I would not be able to pull out voices and started considering finding a way to record different parts of a conversation and learning how to layer them up. I decided to experiment with Adobe Audition a little more to see if there was another way to isolate some other form from the recording and discovered the frequency analyser. I clicked through the track and noticed that loudness did not affect the frequency at all. The curves were very much similar to each other throughout the entire sound wave so I used them instead.
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I took the frequency curve every 15 seconds and ended up with a total of 8 images which I tried to print on clear sheets but due to my printer being a little faulty, the ink smudged as it printed. In the end I printed them on white paper and copied them by hand onto the transparent sheets with a permanent marker.
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After tracing all the curves onto the sheets as accurately as possible, I looked at different combinations of the curves to see how they differed or were similar with the final results being that a few long spikes heading downwards were the major point of contrast. For the last photo, I put all of the sheets together to find the border areas of the all the curves.
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For sound to be a uniting factor across the human species was fascinating as it is one of our five senses. The fact that a limiting range of frequency from 20 - 200 Hertz was a commonality regardless of gender, age or race led me to think about the other senses we use on a daily basis. Sight, for example, shows us colours that are also only a small part of a much larger spectrum as is the same with smell, touch and taste. There are many things that other species on the planet can hear that we cannot, with the concept of echolocation coming quickly to mind. Nature works in very unfathomable ways and it seems to have always intended to unite humans as a species through our genetic makeup.
sound1
saʊnd/
noun
noun: sound; noun: musical sound; plural noun: musical sounds
  1. 1. vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person's or animal's ear."light travels faster than sound"


    • a thing that can be heard.plural noun: sounds
"she heard the sound of voices in the hall"
synonyms:
noise, note, din, racket, row, bang, report, hubbub, resonance, reverberation "she heard the sound of the car driving away"
antonyms:
silence
    • the area or distance within which something can be heard."we were always within sound of the train whistles"

synonyms:
hearing distance, hearing, distance, earshot, range "the cemetery nestled beneath the cliffs, within sound of the sea"

  1. 2.sound produced by continuous and regular vibrations, as opposed to noise.

  1. 3.music, speech, and sound effects when recorded and used to accompany a film, video, or broadcast."a sound studio"


    • broadcasting by radio as distinct from television.
    • the distinctive quality of the music of a particular composer or performer or of the sound produced by a particular instrument."the sound of the Beatles"

synonyms:
music, tones, note, chord "the sound of the flute"
    • informal
popular music.plural noun: sounds
"sounds of the Sixties"


  1. 4.an idea or impression conveyed by words."you've had a hard day, by the sound of it"
synonyms:
idea, thought, concept, impression, prospect, description "they do not like the sound of her plans"

verb
verb: sound; 3rd person present: sounds; past tense: sounded; past participle: sounded; gerund or present participle: sounding
  1. 1.emit or cause to emit sound."a loud buzzer sounded"
synonyms:
go (off), resonate, resound, reverberate, blow, blare; Morering, chime, peal, toll, ding, clang
"the buzzer sounded"

operate, set off; play, blow, blast, toot, blare;
ring, chime, peal, toll, ding, clang;
literarywind
"engine drivers must sound their whistle"


    • give an audible signal to indicate (something)."a different bell begins to sound midnight"

    • express or convey (a warning)."pharmaceutical companies are sounding the alarm about counterfeit drugs"

    • pronounce."sound the rhymes clearly"
synonyms:
pronounce, verbalize, voice, enunciate, articulate, vocalize, say; rareenounce "do you sound the ‘h’ in ‘Doha’?"
    • test (the lungs or another body cavity) by noting the sound they produce."the doctor sounded her chest"


  1. 2.convey a specified impression when heard."he sounded worried"