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Sound Around Town

Main Project Information
Presented By North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State University, Colorado State University, NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division
Goal improve US noise map & gain insight on sound/noise perception
Task Set up sound recorder & participate in attentive listening hours
Where Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, United States of America, United States of America

Noise and sounds in different forms are everywhere. However, where, how, and to what levels noise pollution and sounds impact people is highly understudied. The goal of this Sound Around Town project is to better understand how this daily exposure affects us through your help in collection of more acoustic data within cities as well as attentive listening exercises. Through the combination of this data as well as the foundational US noise map modeled by the National Parks Service Natural Sounds Division, people will be able to become more aware of what areas are loudest. The attentive listening portion involves noting sounds and their identities as well as time at which the sound occurred, followed by an experiential survey investigating reactions and feelings toward sounds.

Project Timing year-round, long-term project, each volunteer can check out a recorder for weeks at a time
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Materials List Roland Sound Recorder
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per month
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At home
Tags city, noise pollution, sound
Project Updated 02/15/2019