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  • I remember a Norteño band got onto the L train once, and I burst into tears.

    Oh, me too! I get so emotional. I’m their best tipper. But I think I make them uncomfortable. Because I’m sitting there making eye contact, like “Oh, I get it, I know you guys, I feel you.” And you don’t make eye contact on the subway. They sort of edge away from me. Like “Move away from the weirdo in the corner.” They move the accordion to the other side (laughs).

    NEW YORKERS FOR SAFE TRANSIT(NYfST) Invites you to a Policy Discussion on:
    Date: Thursday October 15, 2009
    Time: 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
    Place: North Star Fund (Mid-Town Manhattan)
    520 8th avenue 22nd floor (Between 36 & 37) street

    Take Back Our Union (TBOU) is working with other organizations to keep Mass Transit Safe for all New Yorkers. One such organization that is raising the correct questions on behalf of the million of riders of our mass transit system is NYfST:

    Why where over 100 Subway booths closed without a public hearing ?
    What kinds of violence do you see on NYC’s public transit system?
    How can communities intervene? Respond?
    What should the MTA do to curb/eliminate sexual harassment, assaults and hate violence?
    What should perpetrator accountability look like?
    Why are booths being closed in some communities and not others ?
    Why are some booths being re-opened ?

    New Yorkers for Safe Transit invites yo

  • 'Superior Donuts'

    THE SOUND: To evoke the forlorn feeling inside a donut shop on a cold winter morning in Chicago, sound designers Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen created the sounds of wind whistling through the storefront cracks, the clang and hiss of a radiator, a garbage truck pulling up to a side alley and the rumble of an elevated train. The sound is played at the start of Act 2 in this play by Tracy Letts. LISTEN

    HOW IT WAS MADE: The whistling wind came from a CD library, though the sound designers shifted it to a lower pitch. They mixed radiator hissing sound effects to get the right tone, then hit a radiator with a hammer at different speeds and recorded that for the clangs. Samples from their sound effects library were used for the garbage truck. For the train, they used old recordings from the pre-digital age, when they rode on Chicago's elevated subway and taped the sounds on a portable reel-to-reel tape deck.

  • 31st Annual Convention

    March 24 – 27, 2010

    The International Listening Association will hold its 31st Annual Convention in Albuquerque, NM, March 24-27, 2010.

    This unique opportunity offers a chance for professionals, teachers and trainers, and practitioners in all areas the opportunity to enhance their listening research knowledge, application, and skills.

  • Something to think about….

    Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

  • With the help of some outside musicians, they identified the pitch, tone and tempo of emotional monkey calls—from fearful to soothing—and used these to create 30-second rock and classical music selections with Teie's voice and cello. "To my ears, [the resulting music] is as irritating as I'll get out—it's like fingernails on a chalkboard," Snowdon complained after playing a selection of the new classical over the phone. Indeed, it sounded a bit like the high-pitched screech of a New York City subway car struggling to stop on worn-out brakes.

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