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

This website is a subjective, audiovisual essay about our sonic perception and issues connected with hearing. It is a place on the web bringing your attention towards the soundscape and the auditory perception marginalised in the oculocentric reality of visual culture.
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Non-sonic sound

Ultra & infrasounds
Sound waves in use
Chladni figures
Body perception of sound
Directional sound

What is so fascinating about sounds and frequencies that are inaudible to humans?
We need to be aware of living in this world together with various animals. I am particularly aware of it when I am making a recording under water – there are so many incredible sounds and places people have no idea of, and most of these sounds are quite inaudible to humans – our ears are not adjusted to listening under water. l am also hoping to inspire people to start asking questions, to do research, seek knowledge, focus on many new aspects, and above all on careful listening.

Field recordings from inaccessible places – interview with Jana Winderen for: Soundplay Festival 2014 publication

Touch is the most personal of the senses. Hearing and touch meet where the lower frequencies of audible sound pass over to tactile (at about 20 hertz). Hearing is a way of touching at a distance and the intimacy of the first sense is fused with sociability whenever people gather together to hear something special. Reading that sentence an enthnomusicologist noted: “ All the ethnic groups I know well have in common their physical closeness and an incredible sense of rythm. These two features seem to co-exist.”

The Soundscape, Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World, R. Murray Schafer
Grashoppers before a microphone / Jakob von A Stroll – Through the Worlds of Animals and Men A Picture Book of Invisible Worlds
Bat's sonic beam echolocation emission / The Museum of Jurassic Technology / Los Angeles
The spectrum of sound (Al-Hilphy et al., 2016) / www.researchgate.net
Ultrasound picture
Humpback whale song from Monterey Bay
A screenshot from the forward-looking sonar FarSounder FS-3 / www.dosits.org
Underwater "eyes" / A Navy frogman tests new sonar equipment developed to located underwater objefcts. The light-weight, portable, diver-held sonar system is econmically powered by standard flashlight battering. Earphones provide the diver with audio information of objects by the searching sonar beam. May 5, 1960 / www.history.navy.mil
A visible pattern of sound waves produced by a scanning technique / Bell Telephone Laboratories / www.researchgate.net
Chladni figures for a square steel plate / researchgate.net
Chladni's method of creating Chladni figures / Wikipedia
Demonstrating Resonance with Chladni Figures - Christmas Lectures with Charles Taylor
The Sound Dome Localizer – Directional Speaker / https://www.browninnovations.com/news/sound-dome-directional-speaker
Conceptual drawing of a directional parabolic speaker / researchgate.net
Rough conceptual drawing of the directivity pattern of an ultrasonic speaker element. The beam sizes present the proportion of sound emitted in different directions / researchgate.net
Brown Innovations demo video – directional sound speaker for museums, digital signage, and bars