Posted by: kaleidophonic | September 15, 2012

Soundscapes of Smog (reblogged from The Atlantic)

Oakland’s Caldecott Tunnel (allaboutgeorge/Flickr)

Reblogged from The Atlantic: Soundscapes of Smog: Researchers Let You Hear the Pollution of Cities (Literally) – The Atlantic, by Aaron Reuben and Gabriel Isaacman.

Check out this neat project from scientists at U of California-Berkeley, where researchers studied the chemical compounds found in air pollution, then turned the chemical break-down into sound. The process involves a complicated process that I won’t pretend to understand, but the results are fascinating.

As posted on The Atlantic, “The result is a qualitative, sensory experience of hard, digital data. You can actually hear the difference between the toxic air of a truck tunnel (clogged with diesel hydrocarbons and carcinogenic particulate matter) and the fragrant air of the High Sierras. ”

The full article with Soundcloud sound samples can be found here, at the The Atlantic website.

Check it out, yo!


  1. Is this/what is electroacoustic music? Oo.

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