Newsletter February 2003, Issue 59
Published by Sonaris Consulting, Felix
Bopp, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
You can find the online version at: http://www.sonaris.info
- Scientific Findings Show That Music Making Helps
Make Active Older Americans Healthier
- Cities and noise: European
Environment Agency - Noise, Managing
Urban Noise in Cities, Noise
Free America, Aircraft
- Extra-Audionary - Mobile "Toys": Media2Go,
Pocket PC device for those who are blind
MusicBrainz Metadata Initiative 2.0, Music Classification Systems,
Sony Computer Science Laboratory
- For musicians: REAKTOR
SESSION, Arturia's Emulation
of the Moog Modular System 3C
- Conferences & Events
Findings Show That Music Making Helps Make Active Older Americans
A breakthrough study demonstrates that group keyboard lessons given
to older Americans had a significant effect on increasing levels of
human growth hormone (hGH). Human growth hormone is implicated in
such aging phenomena as osteoporosis, energy levels, wrinkling, sexual
function, muscle mass, and aches and pains. This announcement follows
the release of findings last month from the same study that showed
significant decreases in anxiety, depression and loneliness - three
factors that are critical in coping with stress, stimulating the immune
system, and improving health.
Frederick Tims, Ph.D., MT-BC, Chair of Music Therapy at Michigan State
University, who was also principal investigator for a University of
Miami Alzheimer's project on music therapy, led a highly respected
team of researchers to conduct the study. Joining in the project were
specialists from the Aging Institute at the University of South Florida;
the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University
of Miami School of Medicine; Karolinska Medical Institute, Stockholm,
Sweden; Appalachian State University; The University of Kansas; and
Western Michigan University. Speaking for the research team, Dr. Tims
said, "We feel very strongly that the work we are doing here suggests
that abundant health benefits can be achieved by older people learning
to play music in a supportive, socially enjoyable setting."
Full article at:
European Environment Agency - Noise
Noise is a serious issue - levels over
40 Ldn dB(A) affect our well-being, while there is evidence that
levels over 60 Ldn dB(A) can affect our physical and psychological
While the last two decades have seen significant reductions in the
noise produced by all sorts of vehicles, the rapid growth in transport
– particularly air and road – has resulted in well over 120 million
people in the EU being exposed to noise levels above 55 Ldn dB(A)
on the front facade of their houses.
Managing Urban Noise in Cities
by Douglas Manvell, Peter Henning, Lars
Winberg, Peter Larsen (Spectris Technologies Inc., USA)
The tasks involved in managing urban noise
in cities are many and varied - from solving noise complaints to
noise mapping, from noise monitoring to noise abatement and zoning.
In addition, there are a wide variety of noises from different sources
such as industry, transportation and many different forms for recreational
activities. Each of these often requires different management, measurement
and evaluation approaches due to the differing nature of the sources.
However, an integrated approach to the overall problem of urban
noise management has the potential to make this task more effective
through the sharing and reuse of data, optimisation of noise abatement
activities and prevention of new problems arising.
More at: http://www.bksv.com/1727.htm
Noise Free America
Noise is a serious health hazard. Noise
is linked to hearing loss, sleep deprivation, aggressive behavior,
chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, heart disease, and declining
school performance. Noise is especially damaging to children and
Noise pollution is getting worse. In the last 15 years, noise levels
have risen six-fold in major US cities. The Census Bureau reports
that noise is Americans' top complaint about their neighborhoods,
and the major reason for wanting to move.
Noise Free America is dedicated to fighting noise pollution, especially
from boom cars, motorcycles, leaf blowers, and car alarms.
Noise is considered the most important
environmental concern for many people who live or work near to an
airport. As one would expect, in general, the greatest noise levels
are experienced close to the airport, however, disturbance can also
occur many miles away under aircraft approach and departure routes.
The growth in air traffic is occurring more rapidly that the improvements
in noise technology. In consequence the noise climate around many
major airports is at risk of deteriorating.
DETR Noise Exposure Contours
Link to noise exposure contours for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
The Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise - claims
to be the world's largest anti-noise group.
Citizens for the Abatement of Aircraft Noise (USA).
NPC Noise Clearing House
The NPC provides a useful list of links and noise related articles
- largely American but still many topics are applicable to the UK.
Aircraft Noise Levels
Noise levels for U.S. Certified and Foreign Aircraft.
Airport Noise Report
Claims to be the only newsletter published exclusively for those
interested in noise (USA).
Airports with Noise Levels Listed by Country
Provided by Boeing - an A-Z of links.
Noise Contour Maps (Nashville International Airport)
An American site - good intro to noise contours.
Department of Transportation - Federal Aviation Administration -
Noise Mitigation Measures
Notice of Final Policy - establishes a distinction between remedial
and preventative noise mitigation measures - worth a look.
The Club of Amsterdam
Club of Amsterdam is an international think tank, which
reflects our future: How we want to live, to communicate with each
other and what tools, cities we need, how we want to commute and
how culture or industries should develop. In brief: what we want
our future to be.
The Club of Amsterdam provides a bridge between industry, education
and science. We organise events, seminars and workshops.
The Media2Go software platform is based on the next version of Windows
CE .NET, code-named Macallan. "It will always be upgradeable," Debby
Fry Wilson, Director of Windows Embedded at Microsoft told me, "to
<<"Media2Go" is the current code name for a software reference
platform designed to build and power the next generation of smart
personal media player devices that enable you to enjoy your video,
music, and pictures on the go. Watch the latest sitcom as you commute.
Entertain your kids with their favorite video in the back seat of
the car. Share your favorite tunes with your friends at a party.
Or take your entire collection of photos and home videos with you
to show the grandparents on your next visit. "Media2Go" gives you
the personal freedom and convenience to easily enjoy your best video,
music, and pictures on the go.>>
1) High quality video experience to play your personalized digital
video and home movies in Windows Media® Video and MPEG formats.
2) High quality audio experience to play your digital music and
playlists in both Windows Media Audio and MP3 formats.
3) Upload, store, and view thousands of pictures from your digital
camera for home slide shows or digital camera photo storage on the
4) Play your subscription services music and video through integrated
digital content protection software.
5) Media2Go" can be updated with new capabilities and support for
emerging media technologies over time to help keep both your device
and your entertainment experience fresh and current.
6) Using advanced Windows Media compression technologies, you can
store the equivalent of 40 gigabytes (GB) of content on a 20GB device
including up to: 175 hours of VHS-quality video, more than 8,000
CD-quality songs or more than 30,000 2MP digital pictures
Pocket PC device for those
who are blind
Freedom Scientific announced today they began shipment of the PAC
Mate BNS, the world's first and only accessible Pocket PC device
for those who are blind. This definitive hand-held computer provides
access to everyday Windows-based desktop data and software applications
via Pocket PC applications including Word, Outlook and Internet
Explorer. PAC Mate is available in two models - the BNS with its
eight-dot Braille keyboard, and the TNS for users familiar with
QWERTY-style keyboards. Both units offer the same great functionality
utilizing JAWS for Pocket PC technology.
"The PAC Mate is going to change the entire complexion of assistive
technology, as we know it today, and how we use it in the future,"
said Karl Smith, owner of Axis Technology in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"This is the first time a person who is blind or vision impaired
will be able to work on the same competitive level with those who
are sighted. For my own business, it allows me to transfer and manage
my Excel data flawlessly. Whether it is in the professional, educational
or home environment, PAC Mate, to me, is the next generation of
technology for the blind."
Metadata is data that describes
data. In this case, it’s the logic and terminology we use to illustrate
the properties of music. This includes genres and labels, but also
goes deeper, attempting to empirically assess the more emotional aspects
MusicBrainz Metadata Initiative 2.0
MusicBrainz is a community music
metadatabase that attempts to create a comprehensive music encyclopedia.
Automatic Audio CD and digital audio track identification using community
supplied and maintained data is the first goal of MusicBrainz.
In the future, MusicBrainz will have a genre system and a comprehensive
geneology of music, tracking not only music releases, but also detailed
information about who contributed to a piece of music. MusicBrainz
will keep track of which artists/performers/engineers contributed
to a piece of music, and when these contributions took place. The
system will also keep track of artist influences on each other and
many more pieces of information to create a comprehensive geneology
of modern music.
The MusicBrainz Metadata Initiative is designed to create a portable
and flexible means of storing and exchanging metadata related to digital
audio and video tracks. The MusicBrainz Metadata Initiative is a content
description model for audio and video tracks on the Internet.
The MM Initiative uses RDF/XML to facilitate the exchange of audio/video
related metadata. This document describes an RDF namespace that should
be used in conjunction with the Dublin Core metadata recommendation.
This specification will be used by the MusicBrainz.org metadata server
to communicate metadata queries. All the data returned from the server
will be in the MM/Dublin Core RDF format. Furthermore, this format
will hopefully be used by the Open Source audio codec Vorbis to store
audio/video metadata with the audio/video tracks.
Music Classification Systems
by Mark McKnight. Music Library Assocation
Due to the distinctive nature of music as a separate "language" that
non-musicians are often unable to read or understand, the cataloging
and classification of music materials may frequently present special
challenges. In response to this often problematic situation, this
book, the first in the Music Library Association's Basic Manual Series,
is designed to introduce the principles of music classification to
beginning music catalogers, as well as to non-specialist catalogers
and others who only occasionally deal with music materials. It will
relieve the stress level for general catalogers with no special background
or knowledge of music by providing some practical guidelines in the
classification of music materials; it also clarifies and explains
the most commonly used classification systems in the United States--the
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), the Library of Congress Classification
(LCC), and the Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings
McKnight also presents a general historical overview of music classification,
from early attempts to organize specific collections, to the efforts
of Oscar Sonneck and others to adapt fundamental principles of classification
to the distinctive characteristics of music materials. At the same
time, the book addresses the special needs of the users of those materials.
Presenting a number of illustrative examples, the manual combines
theoretical principles with practical "how-to" advice, written in
a user-friendly way by a practicing music cataloger.
Book available from Scarecrow Press: http://www.scarecrowpress.com
Sony Computer Science Laboratory
Music research at Sony CSL Paris is concerned with three areas: the
multiple facets of interaction in music, the challenges of robust
music description, and mechanisms of musical evolution. Dynamic relationships
may exist between gesture and system response or among communities
of connected users. Meta-data spans the space between high-level personal
taste and low-level sonic content. Computer simulations help to understand
the origins of musical form. This work leads to the creation of systems
that implement intelligent musical systems and propose new modes of
access to music and interaction with sound.
REAKTOR SESSION is
the key to a world of fascinating software instruments. Featuring
REAKTOR 4’s audio engine and core instrument library, REAKTOR SESSION
is an outstanding collection and an entry to the vast world of REAKTOR.
REAKTOR SESSION includes a vast range of powerful synthesizers and
resynthesizers, samplers and beat-loopers, groove and drum machines,
surround and innovative effects, and revolutionary creations never
seen before. REAKTOR SESSION also includes access to the ever-growing
online library at the Native Instruments web site for a virtually
unlimited collection of instruments. Each instrument includes a
wide range of preset sounds for instant use, while innovative patch
handling makes saving, sorting, intelligent randomization, and morphing
between sounds easy.
The highly-optimized DSP algorithms of the 32-bit REAKTOR 4 engine
and support for 192 kHz sample rate ensure a matchless sound with
surprisingly efficient CPU usage.
Arturia's Emulation of the
Moog Modular System 3C
The Arturia's Modular system is based
on a new set of algorithms created by Arturia's sound engineers
and gathered under the name TAE - True Analog Emulation. TAE avoids
aliasing; it also emulates the typical instability of hardware oscillators
and brings the warm sound of the vintage synths. In addition to
the replication of all the functions of the original, the Arturia's
Modular system comes loaded with more than 400 presets made by a
selection of sound designers.
Club of Amsterdam Events:
Wednesday, January 29, 2003:
the future of Global Economy
Monday, February 17, 2003: the future of Urban Development
Wednesday, March 26, 2003: the future of Mobility
Wednesday, April 23, 2003: Senior Citizens & future Technology
Wednesday, May 28, 2003: the future of Medicine
Wednesday, June 25, 2003: the future of Countries & Democracies
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