Ear Never Sleeps

Why is that? There is no such thing as eyelids for ears that could just cut you off the sound. Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, have found that while you are asleep, the only body part that remains active is the ear.
See more: Perception of Sound — Ear Never Sleeps

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Hearning & memory

Sound processing
Echoic memory
Hearing loss – memory loss

One of your projects, ‘Echoic memory’, is devoted to remembrance. Can you use sound not only to depict the audiosphere of a particular place, but also to record memories?
I believe that sound is a far more powerful medium than image as far as recording of memories is concerned. Apparently, the capacity of our echoic memory is not very large, but I think it is still an unknown territory. Its definition is evolving, as is the definition of perception, consciousness and what constitutes them and whether they are located in a particular place in the human body. That is because we hear sounds not only with our ears, but also with our entire bodies, internal organs and the skin, where sounds are also 'recorded’.

Field recording as transmission of memories – interview with Martyna Poznańska for: Soundplay Festival 2014 publication

The whole world and the thoughts that build this world rest in the ears and memory. The awareness and certainty of the now are blurred. Sounds from the past merge with the present. Listening can abolish the boundaries of time and space.

Notatki z terenu, Marcin Dymiter

Sounds become memorable. The world of people, animals, nature, phenomena. Each of them has their own state, sound, noises, disturbances. Sequences of everyday, repetitive details which are so insignificant that they escape. The whole chunks of the sound environment: the sound of a house, traffic lights, a creaking door, the echoes of a park, rustling in the branches of nearby trees. Street sounds, footsteps, and voices of people submerged in noise. So distant that no longer recognisable. Sometimes a simple sound opens the inner ear and past records. It is a seismograph of emotions, fears, beings of memory scattered and carried by invisible neurons. An imprint placed on memory. A landscape creates a landscape. From the external world an entity of memory is created, a crumb of audible terrain. The inner ear listens attentively.

Notatki z terenu, Marcin Dymiter

Listening and memory – coupled together – are the cornerstone of personal entry into the world of sound. Fragments of sound-events, accounts, voices. In memory, sounds are like breaths that measure the distance to past worlds. As long as the echo is heard, as long as the voice resonates, the memory remains alive.

Notatki z terenu, Marcin Dymiter
The Department of Environmental Protection sets up a complaint line and creates a kit to educate residents on how to take legal action against disturbing noise levels / The New York Times Archive
The Science of Hearing, Balance & Accelerated Learning | Huberman Lab Podcast #27
The brain's temporal lobe
Four different audiograms