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The Physics of Engine Notes, Or: Why a Toyota V-6 and Porsche Flat-Six Sound So Different

“What separates a Porsche flat-six from a Toyota Avalon V-6—aside from the bank angle, the power output, the engine location, and your interest in owning one? At full throttle, the Porsche belts out an aggressive mechanical rasp while the Avalon mutters a nonthreatening burr. How can two six-cylinder engines sound so different?”

 

by Eric Tingwall

 

 

Acoustic Archaeology

“Putting sound back into the archaeological landscape is an important part of understanding how people lived, what they valued, how they shaped their identities and experienced the world and their place in it.”

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New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, home to the Ancestral Puebloan, over a thousand years ago.

by David E. Witt and 

 

Sound Spheres

 

SoundSpheres

This  “psychospatial” model presents an approach of listening categories concerning the context of the sound. Sonnenschein relates the sound localization as a “peceptual construct of our world”:  we react to the context of the sound, and also where it exists in our physical space.

by David Sonnenschein