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Duff versus Mozart
In the London Underground, or subway, they're playing Mozart and Vivaldi to drive away loutish loiterers and to soothe travellers who get mad at staff and each other. In a trial at four stations, assaults on staff fell by 33 per cent, so the music will be spread to 35 more stations. Mozart can be calming, we guess, but to chase away teenage hooligans we'd try Hilary Duff, or maybe the Barney theme song.
- The Vancouver Sun
Vancouver New Music hosts "soundwalks", guided listening walking tours of Vancouver neighbourhoods, on 17 and 24 April, '05, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ?Meeting place on 17th: Playground, Douglas Park Community Centre (Willow & 20th); on 24th: Playground, McSpadden Park (Victoria & 4th). - There is no charge for those soundwalks and they are designed to also accommodate participants in wheelchairs. You need to register!
For information and to register call 604 633 0861
Major reporting on noise issues
Three articles about noise and a guest editorial by German noise researcher Dr. Wolfgang Babisch appeared in the January 2005 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
DECIBEL HELL: THE EFFECTS OF LIVING IN A NOISY WORLD (8 pages)
ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2005/113-1/EHP113pa34PDF.PDF - pdf
ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2005/113-1/focus.html - html
ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2005/113-1/focus-abs.html - Abstract
NOISE THAT ANNOYS: REGULATING UNWANTED SOUND (3 pages)
ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2005/113-1/EHP113pa42PDF.pdf - pdf
ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2005/113-1/spheres.html - html
ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2005/113-1/spheres-abs.html - Abstract
CLAMORING FOR QUIET: NEW WAYS TO MITIGATE NOISE (4 pages)
ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2005/113-1/EHP113pa46PDF.PDF - pdf
ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2005/113-1/innovations.html - html
ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2005/113-1/innovations-abs.html - Abstract
On the occasion of the 10th Annual Interntl. Noise Awareness Day we will be out in several places of Vancouver, weather permitting, on Wednesday, April 20th to distribute our leaflets and raise public awareness of the adverse effects of noise. We meet at noon at the south-east corner of Homer and Georgia Streets (north side of the Vancouver Public Library's main branch) and ask you to come out and help with this campaign.
Participants around the world are asked to observe 1 minute of silence at 2:15 p.m. that day, for more intent listening and awareness of the sounds, often chronic noise, that many people and creatures are subjected to.
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