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Sonic Reflections: Observations of the Changing Soundscapes of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Sonic Reflections: Observations of the Changing Soundscapes of the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Marinna Guzy
Folklife, July 27, 2020

The community you live in strongly shapes the soundscape of your life story. Why? Because human culture and the natural world dictate not only what we hear but also how we listen.

Depending on our background and values, we experience the sounds of our community in different ways. A neighbor’s windchimes may provide a relaxing backdrop to your meditation practice, or it might be a constant irritation intruding on your movie night. You might fail to notice the ’70s folk tune coming from a passing car, while the sound takes your Chilean companion back to the Santiago of his youth.

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Folklife is the digital magazine of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage.

 


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