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03.30.15 Liam Mathews

PlaceLive, a quality-of-life data reporting platform, compiles information about things like affordability and safety and presents the data in helpful map form. It shared some of its detailed maps of noise complaints throughout New York City with UpOut, and the results are kind of surprising. It gets pretty granular, looking lot-by-lot. The most noise complaints […]

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02.09.15 Rhiannon Platt

After 24,591 separate complaints about air-travel related noise, residents of Long Island’s posh Hamptons neighborhood simply can’t take any more. The sound of “noisy” airplanes, as defined by the FAA, have been tormenting residents like Teresa McCaskie, who told NBC that she is unable to sleep. After thousands of complaints, the town is set to […]

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12.01.14 Prachi Gupta

While New Yorkers have now focused their ire on SantaCon, this summer, the city’s ice cream trucks were driving everyone mad. DNAinfo reports that in 2014, 1,804 residents logged complaints in the city’s 311 system — which is “nearly 200 more than all the complaints for 2013.” Here are some of the complaints: “I can’t […]

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08.27.14 Sophie Weiner

Russian sound and technology artist ::vtol:: has created a spinning, levitating speaker which emits glitchy noise. The speaker spins fast or slow, LED lights flash and the noises it makes sound a lot like an old dial up modem. The speaker receives noise using bluetooth and the sound is created using “pure data.” The project Division By […]

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08.08.14 Marina Galperina

At the Burning Fleshtival, “Hey, man, can you help me out?” really means “Hey, man, check this rock chained around my balls for me?”  The Red Light District is a basement of a house in the suburbs on the beach in New York City. Walking around the Rockaway neighborhood, you’d never know that behind this nondescript house, […]

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06.18.14 Marina Galperina

MSHR’s stage is one giant musical instrument, a sculpture made of mirrors and fluorescent plastic. It’s laser-cut into latices of glyphs connected by wires, with plates curving into square, kaleidoscope shapes and lasers cutting through the fog. Their other instruments are custom-built from analog synthesizers, optical sensors, oscillators, light bulbs, microphones and seashells. As they perform, moving […]

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05.13.14 Sophie Weiner

Russian sound artist Dmitry Morozov aka ::vtol:: has transformed a dulcimer-like Russian folk instrument into a self-playing robotic device. The instrument can either generate sounds through an algorithm or by reading brainwaves with an EEG headset. Morozov’s brain sounds quite avant garde. ::vtol:: has previously created a device that turns an encoded tattoo into noise, an umbrella that acts as a personal […]

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04.10.14 Andy Cush

A new Health Department report confirms what anyone who’s ever set foot in New York City already knows: this place is loud, and that’s annoying sometimes. According to the report, in fact, one in four New Yorkers complain about noise exposure — a number that, if anything, seems low. New Yorkers cite the usual suspects […]

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04.08.14 Marina Galperina

Pharmakon, the noise artist who melted the speakers at the Basilica SoundScape art and music festival, has released this version of Nancy Sinatra’s definitive cover of Sonny and Cher’s hit “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).” She sings, not growls in a tearing dense scream, as we know and love her to do. It’s melancholy. But […]

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03.21.14 Marina Galperina

This new sculptural sound piece from Moscow-based Dmitry Morozov aka ::vtol:: reads tattoos as sheet music, producing a textured electronic noise track. Reading My Body (2014): this is a special instrument that combines human body and robotic system into a single entity that is designed to automate creative process in an attempt to represent the artist and his instrument […]

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