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Re: examples of natural sound displays



Dear Milena, and list,

Jean-Julien's reply reminded me of the life in Japan! Actually, many of us don't even hang a furin in winter, saying it sounds too cold.
(I am waiting for a bit warmer weather to hang my furin in Bay area myself.)
It is strange that here in the U.S., I've never heard of seasonal use of wind chimes.


The other example from Japan is Shishi-Odoshi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shishi_odoshi )
The wikipedia entry talk mainly about deer repelling function, but it is more like a beautiful accent both in audio and visual.


 - hiroko


On Apr 23, 2008, at 11:48 PM, Jean-Julien Aucouturier wrote:
Dear all,

Re: Milena's post

Japanese readers on the list may be able to correct / complement this, but if I understand correctly, one (traditional) example could be the Japanese wind bell (furin), that people hang in front of their house during the hot summer season. These glass bells have a gentle crystal-like ring when moving in the breeze. The sound is said to be refreshing, as it literally sonifies the impression of a moving stream of fresh air.

There is interesting synesthesia with its timbre - I suspect if the sound was a loud grasshopper-like rattle (which also happens to be iconic of Japanese summer), the effect wouldn't be the same.

Hope this helps,

Best,
Jean-Julien

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Jean-Julien Aucouturier, Ph.D.
Ikegami Lab (Complex Systems and Artificial Life)
The University of Tokyo, Japan
http://www.jj-aucouturier.info



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Hiroko Terasawa
http://ccrma.stanford.edu/~hiroko/