Sound and Silence; a TED Talk by Julian Treasure

September 27, 2010

Have you ever been bombarded with sounds that make you react on a visceral level; for example, the deep base thump that emanates from a surround sound stereo system? That kind of sound makes me crazy. I’m not usually a violent person but when it assaults every fiber of my being I just want to get a rifle and obliterate the source. On the other hand wind, water, birdsong, even the old fashioned push lawn mower (I think they still make them) have a rhythmic soothing quality to their sounds that put me into a calm meditative state.

The other day I had the opportunity to think more about sound after listening to a TED Talk by Julian Treasure. Treasure advises worldwide businesses on how to use sound and in this talk he asks us to pay attention to the sounds that surround us and how they make us feel.

Two things in this talk stand out for me. Firstly, he says that we should listen consciously and create sounds for our environment that nurture us and secondly, to speak up when sound attacks us.

Take a few minutes to listen to this informative talk. I was certainly glad that I did.






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