29 January 2009

The Town of Dorothea

Whenever the weather is very hot or fairly wet here in the town of Dorothea, my neighbourhood is often quieter. People stay indoors and do not mow their lawns as often. They do not drive about so much, and even the squawking lorikeets take shelter.

Out in the world, shops and restaurants continuously assault the ears, the mind and the cardiovascular system with blaring radios that seem to be there to appease juvenile employees. The acoustic needs of customers are rarely acknowledged and frequently remain unstated.

Perhaps the ingrained boredom of menial service work requires the wakefulness that is induced by amplified rhythms. Factories also blare out mechanical noises and wailing sounds, some of which are emitted from radios.

Why do most mainstream commercial audio recordings have a similar soundscape to heavy industry? Perhaps people are more likely to spend money when they are stressed, especially on unnecessary items, hence the reason for stressful sounds in many shops.

Perhaps this is a public health issue that needs to be addressed.  Have you any thoughts to share?

Often I find that the best place to find peace is at home, but this all depends on how people in, and travelling through, my neighbourhood choose behave.

Do you have noisy neighbours?

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