[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
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
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.
On Apr 23, 2008, at 11:48 PM, Jean-Julien Aucouturier wrote:
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,
Jean-Julien Aucouturier, Ph.D.
Ikegami Lab (Complex Systems and Artificial Life)
The University of Tokyo, Japan