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Design

The sound of color: Neil Harbisson’s talk visualizedThe sound of color: Neil Harbisson’s talk visualized

Posted By Helen Walters

Colorblind artist Neil Harbisson is an intrepid “eyeborg” wearer. That’s a device that converts color into audible frequencies, meaning that Harbisson gets to hear a symphony of color, instead of seeing a world only in grayscale. Below, Harbisson’s talk from TEDGlobal 2012 gets the graphic treatment in a beautiful chart that shows precisely which colors sound which musical notes for him. This is […]

Art

Playing with sound in silence: Fellows Friday with Christine Sun KimPlaying with sound in silence: Fellows Friday with Christine Sun Kim

Posted By Karen Eng

Through visual art, composition and performance, deaf artist Christine Sun Kim explores ways of transmuting sound and silence to come to terms with her relationship with it. In the process, she challenges the ways in which the hearing take sound for granted. Here, she talks about her work and career path. Did you always know […]

Design

Quoted at TED2013: Julian Treasure on five-senses designQuoted at TED2013: Julian Treasure on five-senses design

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Julian Treasure watches out for the ears. In the four TED Talks he’s given so far, he’s offered up “5 ways to listen better” and “Sound health in 8 steps.” At TED2013, we asked him: What speakers have given you the best auditory experience so far? It was nice to hear Jinsop Lee today talking […]

Science

TED Weekends listens to outer spaceTED Weekends listens to outer space

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Honor Harger isn’t your typical artist. Or your typical astronomer. At the TEDSalon London Spring 2011, Harger shared how she brings these two seemingly unrelated disciplines together — the study of sound and the study of space — to record the songs of planets, moons and quasars.  Her talk is called “A history of the universe in […]

Design

10+ tips for designing classrooms, hospitals and offices that are kind on ears, from Julian Treasure10+ tips for designing classrooms, hospitals and offices that are kind on ears, from Julian Treasure

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Architects design with their eyes rather than their ears — which means that spaces generally look great and sound terrible. At TEDGlobal 2012 University, sound consultant Julian Treasure warned that — even though we’re rarely conscious of sound — terrible acoustics can have very negative effects on our well-being. “We’re designing environments that make us […]