Get ready for lots of news about acoustics, engineering and music! I just got back from the Alberta Acoustics and Noise Association’s Spring Noise Conference 2011 in Banff, and I’ve got lots to share. What an amazing week! I learned a ton, presented a paper, went horseback riding, played some singing bowls, and met some great people.
So where to start?
First off, for those of you who don’t know, I’ve been volunteering my time in the acoustics industry for a while now. This is my 3rd Spring Noise Conference (SNC), which happens every two years. It is an industrial conference that allows professionals and academics in the area of acoustics and noise control to present new ideas, techniques and technologies to one another.
Noise pollution is a serious issue, especially in urban residential areas. If you live near a noisy compressor station, a busy road, or anything power related, you already know how a seemingly simple sound can drive you insane after a while. Noise pollution has been linked to all sorts of stress-related medical conditions, and is a serious problem for the quality of living. Animals are also severely affected by noise. Bats, for instance, may lose their ability to navigate through echolocation because of the frequencies given off by wind turbines. Some animals will abandon noisy areas altogether, which can cause serious ecological impacts. In our oceans, there are studies being done on how noise pollution is affecting the ability of whales and dolphins to communicate properly. There are even people who study acoustic ecology, or the preservation of world soundscapes.
If you’re interested, check out the links below. More SNC details to come!
Spring Noise Conference: http://www.springnoiseconference.com/index.html
Inter-Noise Conference: http://www.internoise2011.com/
Bioacoustics in oceans: http://www.neptunecanada.ca/
Institute of Noise Control Engineering (USA): http://www.inceusa.org/
International Institute of Noise Control Engineering: http://www.i-ince.org/
Acoustical Society of America: http://acousticalsociety.org/