Surely the neighbors must have very sensitive hearing to be annoyed by the music accompanying these clases, yes? Well, no. You see, the Zumba motivational class is “held in the parking lot of the Koinonia Baptist Church.” I assume the church members don’t even attempt to proselytize in the neighborhood.
Police report lodged against Pokemon GO players for noise pollution. The complaint was that “the activities of Pokemon GO players have disturbed the peacefulness of the area,” and the police responded. Imagine making that call to 311 and the response thereto.
Open floor plans, particularly poorly executed plans that are intended to shove as many bodies into the smallest possible space, hurt employee morale and interfere with work. Many employees may resent a perceived loss of status as they are removed from offices and given a space for which there is little or no privacy. But open floor plans do more than hurt employees’ self-esteem. Dr Matthew Davis, a professor of the psychology of office design at Leeds University Business School, has researched “the poor hygiene and frequent distractions of open-plan offices,” with one report finding that “the loss of productivity [was] so great in an open-plan office that it outweigh[ed] the money saved by putting everyone in the same room.”
So what is business doing in response? Apparently, “organisations are now seeking flexible, modern offices with private pods where workers can hunker down without interruption, with protocols such as no talking on mobile phones, for instance, and no eating.” Or perhaps your employer will invest in a “chair with zip-up sides.”
Or CEOs could stop listening to the finance guys when making decisions about workplace design and opt for space that lets their employees do their work. Just throwing that out there.
Link via @QuietMark.
Why is the leaf blower a perfect American invention? Well, according to Jim Miller:
They are the quintessential American invention, combining all three of our requirements for a modern labor-saving device. They burn fossil fuel — the most important requirement. They make noise — because nothing says “work” like a hundred or so decibels of petroleum-sourced flatulence.
And finally, they take your problem and make it someone else’s — usually in the form of a fine patina of dust on a freshly washed vehicle, or an imminent asthma attack.
Sounds about right.
Medical Xpress examines the work being done by Adam Greenberg, an assistant professor of psychology at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who is using a type of brain imaging called functional magnetic resonance imaging to study how the brain recognizes and responds to music. Professor Greenberg found that “some of [the] brain regions that process the basic properties of sound are shared with regions that are involved in processing low-level properties of visual information.” He adds that the “finding has implications for the kinds of things that we sometimes experience, like when you’re listening to music and you get visual imagery popping into your head or feelings of wanting to dance.” In short, because the activity of sight and sound regions overlap, “the experience of music may be much more than just an auditory phenomenon.”
Link via @HyperacusisCure.
Open floor plans may excite the finance department, but their effect on worker productivity–and morale–is less than fabulous. Spare us the noise cancelling headphones, please, and design quieter places where people can do their work.
The Noise App will help you to make a complaint about your noisy neighbours. The Standard reports that The Noise App will allow users to make 30-second recordings and apply timestamps and GPS location data so that their local authority has full information about a noise complaint. The recording doesn’t serve as evidence of a noise violation. Rather, it’s meant to “prove to [the] local authority that noisy neighbours are a problem worth investigating.” In addition, “[u]nlike the voice recorder on [most] phones, which compresses sound so [there’s no] background noise interfering, The Noise App records uncompressed sound so it picks up everything [the user is] hearing.”
The Noise App sounds like a good and efficient way to take in necessary information to investigate noise complaints while filtering out unreasonable complaints. Some people obviously agree as one council and five of London’s biggest housing associations have signed up to The Noise App. Now the important question is this: When will it be coming to the U.S.? Please?
Link via @QuietMark.
NASA’s Mars 2020 lander will carry microphone to record planet’s soundscape and answer this question:
It would be perfect if the recording sounded like a piece played on a theremin, no?
Link via @QuietMark.
As the northeast suffers through a hot and wildly humid August, make yourself a Pimm’s cup, sit back, and enjoy
The sounds of an English garden in the summer. Oppressively sticky heat optional.
Link via @Kerrypurcell