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Audio: The Quiet Revolution with Susan Cain

March 24th, 2014
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I spoke to Susan Cain at TED2014 about her Quiet Revolution, particularly within the contexts of workspace and education.

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Audio: How to use music effectively in restaurants

March 24th, 2014
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An overview of my experience at the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco and their use of music in the restaurant.

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The Sound Agency News: Ogilvy Lab Day: Heads vs Hearts

February 26th, 2014
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Thanks to Digital Bliss for this write up of Ogilvy’s recent Lab Day at Ravensbourne, where Julian spoke about the importance of sound in branding.

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Sound News: The Art of the Loop

February 26th, 2014

Interesting looking programme on BBC Radio 4 this coming weeked: The Art of the Loop “Most current pop music is created not with live instruments, but from pre-formed, off the shelf chunks of music known as loops. Musician Matthew Herbert explores the art of the loop and the million-dollar industry that has grown up around it, and asks whether it is setting music makers free from the constraints of traditional instruments or killing creativity. Loops are pre-recorded performances, typically of a solo instrument, and typically

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Sound News: Noise is the no. 1 quality-of-life complaint in NYC

January 24th, 2014
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Despite a major crack-down on excessive noise, the volume in many areas of the city frequently exceeds 85dB – a level that, with prolonged exposure, causes permanent hearing damage. 2013 saw a 30% increase in noise complaints from two years ago. Read the full article here.

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Julian's blog: The Business of Sound | BBC World Service

January 20th, 2014
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The BBC recently featured The Sound Agency as part of their ‘Business of Sound’ programme, which also includes a fascinating segment about the future of voice in technology.

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Sound News: Beautiful Sound

January 20th, 2014
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There’s been lots of interest about our search for the Most Beautiful Sound In The World. Following our announcement, I interviewed to Marc from Wild Ambience who recorded our winning sound. I also spoke to Nora Young from CBC Spark radio about what why I think this sound was selected and how our search for beautiful sound continues. You can listen to the interview here.

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Julian's blog: Building in Sound

December 5th, 2012
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Biamp Systems_BuildingInSound_WP_Dec2012.pdf Download this file I’m thrilled to have helped my friends at Biamp Systems create a really important white paper about how noise in the modern world affects us all. It’s called Building in Sound and I have a pdf, hot of the metaphorical press, which I’m attaching to this blog so that you can download your own copy. This document took months to produce, involving an exhaustive review of literature going back some 40 years, and its intention is to enrol as many

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Julian's blog: The future of listening

December 5th, 2012
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listen to ‘The future of listening’ on Audioboo

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Julian's blog: Sound workers unite!

November 11th, 2012
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I have in the last week presented to the Mozart & Science 2012 conference for music therapists, and to the Autumn conference of the UK Institute of Acoustics. My message to both was essentially that of my latest TED talk: that we need to start designing our built environments with our ears. The experience of meeting two such aligned and yet very different groups made me reflect on the effects of specialisation. As we focus and specialise, we can gain great depth in our own

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