[microsound-announce] [framework radio] #619: 2017.11.19

. m u r m e r . murmer at murmerings.com
Mon Nov 20 12:12:03 EST 2017


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#619: 2017.11.19
listen to this edition here: 

this edition of framework:afield, entitled 'the sound of work, 
workplaces and working machines', has been produced in switzerland by 
stefan paulus. for more information on his work, see 
http://www.NoWhere-NowHere.org. producer's notes:


The sound of work, workplaces and working machines.

Human factors and ergonomics sciences have been dealing with noise as 
workload for several decades. For this purpose, a huge range of 
instruments and methods already exists. Labour inspectors measure noise 
levels and using sound pressure measurement methods. Average levels 
indicate a health hazard. DIN norms regulate employment conditions. But 
individual impressions of noise less than 85dB aren’t part of these 
methods or norms. Therefore, annoying quit sounds for example aren't 
listed as dangerous to health and the sensory perception as a cognitive 
instrument of subjective perceived workloads caused by noise are less a 
component of human factors and ergonomics sciences and DIN standards.

The fact that noise stress is not entirely dependent on sound levels 
which are too high opens new challenges for risk assessments: the 
investigation of noise perceptions.

Starting from these approaches, this radio show shows a range of 
different sounds of work, workplaces and working machines. Some of these 
sounds are recorded and published under Creative Commons License by the 
ASRM (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) recording scene, some of 
them are reconstructions of pre-modern working techniques and some of 
them are recorded during own labour studies. You will hear that some 
sound will trigger you and some won't.

The question is, if methods of the sound studies or psychoacoustic and 
participatory research methods can, in addition the measurements of the 
human factors and ergonomics sciences, make conclusions for a subjective 
soundscape design of work, workplaces and working machines.

The first step could be an Ear cleaning as suggested by Murray Schafer 
in The Tuning of the World.

That means listen up to sound of work, workplaces and working machines 
to train your hearing, especially to perceive the sounds of your 
environment more critically and subtly.

The second step could be the identification of stressing sounds to 
judge, reduce and change them. Because not only a guitar has a resonance 
body that can be shaped, a washing machine, a waiting room, a railway 
station or a jackhammer too.

In this context, it is not only the question of how subjective sound 
perceptions are perceived, but also the question of how the workspace 
can be shaped in terms of sound.


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recordings, field recording based composition, or introduction 
submissions. we are also now accepting proposals for full editions of 
our guest curated framework:afield series. send proposals or material, 
released or not, on any format, to the address at the bottom of this 
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phonography, the art of sound hunting; open your ears and listen!

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