Tuning in to ambient urban sound: Alex Braidwood's "Listening Instruments"

[Video Link, via LAist]

Los Angeles area radio station KPCC produced this lovely video portrait of designer, educator, and media artist Alex Braidwood. His work "explores methods for transforming the relationship between people and the noise in their environment." In the video, you'll see Alex wearing what I believe may be his Noisolation Headphones, "an invention for mechanically transforming the relationship between a person and the noise that immediately surrounds them." His video about that project is below.

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  1. We already did this as kids with our hands.   Besides There are iPhone apps that do this stuff.

    What a worthless hippy.

  2. Two videos I watched, and neither of them actually demonstrates/simulates what wearing this contraption sounds like. It seems just like it would just create a stuttering soundscape, and probably sounds like listening to the world through a sea shell. But who knows.

    I would take this farther, and create a circuit in that box which cancels any sound in the general range of human voices, so that all you are left with are environmental sounds.

  3. as if the guy is not ridiculous enough, there’s the statement, “we also have an invention for mechanically transforming the relationship between a person and the noise”
    someone needs a honest work…

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