Gal Beckerman in “The Case for Covering Your Ears,” writes about the importance of being silent and of hearing silence in a noisy world.
Silent airports on the rise? Dr. Daniel Fink hopes so. Travel is stressful enough, he writes, and the few quieter airports he’s been in have made the wait more pleasant.
The sound of winter is starkly different in rural Maine than Manhattan. Jennifer Finney Boylan reflects on the difference and her appreciation of the sound of nothing at all.
An ambitious recording project in Cremona, Italy requires quiet in the streets surrounding an auditorium where the town’s famous violins will be recorded. And everyone in town joins in.
In her piece on white noise, Penelope Green, NY Times, writes about using a sound machine to mask nighttime noise for better sleep. It may help, but nothing is better than actual quiet for a good night’s rest.
Watch this short interview of Steve Orfield, who runs an anechoic chamber, one of the quietest places on earth, as he discusses the importance of stillness.