Essay Sketch: The Sound of Life

These notes and this discussion will form the basis of an essay to be published on Substack on the 20th of August 2020.

Out of all my planned essays this year, this is perhaps the one I am most excited about. I’ve been thinking about this for some time, but have noticed (with delight) that, with the recent global situation, more people have been creating and discussing similar content. Much to absorb!

  • The importance of ‘real’ sounds, including simple background noise. Real life.

  • Background noise and productivity (apps and sites like Noisli). Real life simulated.

  • The ‘distraction’ (loaded term!) of technology. Background hums?

  • Connecting with the world: Craig Mod’s ‘ambient, binaural audio podcast’, SW945.

  • Amanda Palmer’s voice messages via Patreon (connecting with a specific audience).

  • The role of nature. The role of people. The role of silence.