05 November 2014

Capturing Noise - Airs Nov 5th

Life in the City from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Professor David Hendy considers the comforts and irritations of next-door's noise. As cities grew, neighbor's hullabaloo became increasingly hard to escape. We will explore the writer Thomas Carlyle’s grumpy attempts at soundproofing, before travelling to New York to imagine the teaming, boisterous world of the Lower East Side tenements in the early twentieth century.

Capturing Sound from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Sounds were ephemeral until recording technology made it possible to capture them. Professor Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces bottled moments from the past, including the voices of Robert Browning and Florence Nightingale as well as 9/11 answerphone messages.