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The sound of color: Neil Harbisson’s talk visualized

The sound of color: Neil Harbisson’s talk visualized

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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 []

The voice of the natural world: Bernie Krause at TEDGlobal 2013

The voice of the natural world: Bernie Krause at TEDGlobal 2013

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Bernie Krause is here to talk about soundscapes, the unique sound signatures he says are the foundation of every habitat, if only you know what you’re listening for. He certainly knows; the sound engineer has been recording in the wild for the past 45 years. “There was a time when I considered natural soundscapes to be []

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

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

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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 []

TED Weekends listens to outer space

TED Weekends listens to outer space

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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 []

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

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

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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 []