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American Institute of Physics celebrates the International Year of Sound

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

As we wrote a year ago, 2020 is the International Year of Sound (IYS) a “global initiative to highlight the importance of sound and related sciences and technologies for all in society.” Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the IYS has been extended into 2021.

The American Institute of Physics in the December 2020 issue of its journal Physics Today celebrates IYS with five articles and an insightful editorial by Charles Day, PhD. The AIP is the parent organization of a publication of the Acoustical Society of America and nine other scientific societies.

Along with Physics Today, the Acoustical Society’s journal Acoustics Today published a special issue celebrating IYS. Both sets of articles are a little wonky to a non-acoustician, but I liked the first article in Physics Today, “Exploring cultural heritage through acoustical reconstructions.” I didn’t know that it was possible to reconstruct sounds of historic buildings which have been damaged or destroyed.

Another ASA publication, Acoustics Today, also had a special issue celebrating IYS.

As 2020 comes to a close, if you have spare time during the recently imposed lockdowns, these special issues of Physics Today or Acoustics Today will give you a glance at some of the “hot topics” in acoustical science and noise control.

Best wishes for a joyful holiday season, perhaps with Zoom family get-togethers, and a healthy, happy, peaceful, and quiet New Year.

Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America. Dr Fink also is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’ Health Advisory Council, and he served on the board of the American Tinnitus Association from 2015-2018.

Archaeoacoustics, the acoustics of archeological sites

Photo credit: Colin W licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

Silencity recently published a post about sounds that have been lost to humans, e.g., the call of the wooly mammoth, because they were heard before sound recording technology had developed.

This article from Acoustics Today discusses the field of archaeoacoustics. Anthropologists and acoustic engineers are exploring ancient sites where specific sounds were thought to be important to humans, and recreating those sound environments.

Sounds are important to humans today, and must have been even more significant in ancient times, when the natural environment was much quieter and sounds could be heard at a much greater distance.

Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America. Dr Fink also is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’ Health Advisory Council, and he served on the board of the American Tinnitus Association from 2015-2018.