Sound News: The Great Animal Orchestra | Bernie Krause & Richard Blackford

July 22nd, 2014

Loved Bernie Krause and Richard Blackford’s The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony world premiere in Cheltenham a week ago. Here’s the recording from the BBC, who covered the event.  

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Sound News: “Are you hiding your brand from the conversation?” | PR Daily

July 22nd, 2014

“Are you hiding your brand from the conversation?” – an interesting article by PR Daily: ““The Big Bang Theory” episode “The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification” revolves around lead character Sheldon’s desire to ensure he lives the longest life possible. To accomplish this goal, the character takes a drastic approach: To keep himself removed from any possible encounter with a life-threatening situation, he creates a robot version of himself. The robot enables him to speak to others (similar to a Skype conversation), go to work, and spend time

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Sound News: “Tell us your top tunes to work to” | The Guardian

July 9th, 2014

The Guardian has been investigating people’s favourite sounds and music tracks to listen to whilst working, and feature an interview with Julian about productivity in the workplace. “The rise of the modern open plan office was meant to foster collaboration and team spirit. But instead, breaking down the workstation walls which once gave staff a private, quiet space to knuckle down and bring home the bacon has led to a distracting cacophony of chatter and keyboard strumming. In desperation, many office workers have chosen to drown

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Sound News: Food & Sound | BeautifulNow

June 30th, 2014

Thanks to BeautifulNow for another fascinating article – this one explores aspects of food and sound.

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Video: How to speak so that people want to listen

June 27th, 2014

We’re very excited to announce that Julian’s fifth TED talk has been released today! Watch ‘How to speak so that people want to listen’ below.

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Video: The future of audio branding | ABC2013

June 25th, 2014

Listen to Julian speak at the Audio Branding Congress 2013 in Moscow about the future of audio branding and his experience of event.

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Sound News: Are you listening to your restaurant?

June 20th, 2014

We spoke recently to the National Restaurant Association, who were asking the question “Are you listening to your restaurant?” “Upon entering Fiora’s restaurant with owner, Mike Anastasio, I immediately found myself quite transported. The Geneva, Illinois restaurant finds its character in a large 1870’s vacation home. And as I walked from room to room surrounded by rich wood, classically trimmed plaster, old books, fixtures and more, the environment appeared to be a truly well-executed and cohesive brand. It seemed no detail was overlooked… I quickly

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Sound News: Hooked on music

June 19th, 2014
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Everyone knows a hook when they hear one, but scientists don’t know why. By playing this “Hooked On Music” game you’re providing scientists at the University of Amsterdam with valuable data about what makes music memorable.

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Sound News: Hospital wards “too noisy”

June 19th, 2014

It’s good to see that the problem of noise in hospitals is starting to be recognised: “Hospitals need to do more to ensure patients get a good night’s sleep, nurses say. Delegates at the Royal College of Nursing conference said a combination of thoughtlessness and badly run wards were keeping patients awake. They called for an end to patients being moved at night, which was causing unnecessary disturbances. But they also admitted they had to be more considerate themselves, during a debate at the meeting

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Sound News: Background television may harm toddlers’ early language development

June 18th, 2014

New research suggests that the sound of a television in the background can adversely affect toddlers’ language development: “The din of television noise that serves as the background for many American households may harm early language development for children, researchers say. In observing interactions between parents and toddlers, a team of social scientists from Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., found that background television noise affected how adults spoke to their children. They watched 49 parents for an hour in laboratory conditions, interacting with their toddlers, aged 12,

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