Here we go again! After F1's plans of racing down Biscayne Boulevard were scrapped by local residents last year, the people of Miami appear even less enthusiastic about an alternate site located around the Miami Dolphins stadium.Read More
A plan to bring Formula One racing to Miami Gardens is facing opposition from some residents who are worried about noise in their neighborhood.Read More
Using a decibel meter, the Miami Herald measured the volume levels on some common annoying noises in South Florida.Read More
Before the Trump administration moves to overhaul the airspace above South Florida, concentrating flight paths and likely causing noise increases in neighborhoods that typically do not feel such saturated jet traffic, the Federal Aviation Administration says it wants to hear from you.
Through a series of public forums to be held in Broward and Miami-Dade counties in the next two weeks, aviation officials plan to hear concerns from residents of the soon-to-be-affected areas before conducting a legally required environmental and noise pollution study to ensure that any noise increases felt on the ground are within the legal “significant” threshold the FAA must abide by before changing airspace procedures.
Imagine panoramic vistas of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline from your balcony, sipping coffee or cocktails from a breezy bird’s-eye-view perch that places you in the energizing epicenter of the city you adore.
Then imagine having to abandon that balcony every weekend for the interior of your condo-turned-glass-cage where you must cower like a bunker occupant but still cannot escape the aural assault of an incessant, pulsating, thumping noise.
Turn it off? No. Because while you want to sleep, the patrons of the nightclubs 50 floors below want to dance into the wee and even breakfast hours to the driving bass beat of electronic music that climbs upward, seeps through closed windows and drills into your aching brain.Read More
As a mother of five, Yvonne Calvo, 45, says she already has plenty to worry about.
But after coming home from work Friday, the Silver Bluff resident had an unexpected visitor: The pulsing beat coming from Ultra Music Festival. It’s a guest that she realized was planning on staying for three whole nights.Read More
everal years ago, restaurant owner Gerardo Cea wanted to have jazz musicians play at his Miami Beach restaurant.
But restaurants on the island typically can’t host any live entertainment, even at a low volume, without getting a special permit. When Cea, who owns Café Prima Pasta in North Beach, contacted City Hall he learned that the permit would cost roughly $5,000 and take months to obtain.
Cea quickly gave up on the idea. “Apart from being too expensive, there were too many obstacles,” he said.Read More
The levels of noise in cities across Belgium and Europe regularly surpass the frequencies considered as healthy, according to city statistics.Read More
Noise is one of the most important environmental stressors and represents a public health concern. Despite emerging evidence from experimental and epidemiological studies, the effects of noise on health have captured little attention and are often disregarded.
Nowadays in Europe, 100 million people -one in five people- are exposed to high outdoor levels of road traffic noiseRead More
Let me describe what I hear as I sit in a coffee shop writing this article. It’s late morning on a Saturday, between the breakfast and lunch rushes. People talk in hushed voices at tables. The staff make pithy jokes amongst themselves, enjoying the downtime. Fingers clack on keyboards, and glasses clink against wood and stone countertops. Occasionally, the espresso machines grind and roar. The coffee shop is quiet, probably as quiet as it can be while still being occupied. Even at its slowest and most hushed, the average background noise level hovered around 73 decibels (as measured with my calibrated meter).Read More
The Miami Beach City Commission on Wednesday told Ocean Drive clubs to turn down the volume.
Ocean Drive nightclubs will for the next four months be more susceptible to noise complaints after commissioners unanimously voted to temporarily repeal an exemption of the city’s noise ordinance.
The ordinance could force well-known Ocean Drive businesses like the Clevelander, Mango’s Tropical Cafe and Ocean’s Ten to turn down the music if people make noise complaints. Normally, the exemption would allow the businesses to blast music without restrictions on how far the sound carries east into Lummus Park and the sand past that.
The discussion marked another turn in the ever-lively debate about the Art Deco-lined street that some residents and elected officials feel needs to be safer and more upscale. This debate has raged for more than a year and will continue as voters decide whether to cut off alcohol sales at 2 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. during a referendum in November.
Mayor Philip Levine, a frequent critic of Ocean Drive’s atmosphere who links alcohol consumption and noise to criminality, pushed the issue Wednesday.
“If you reduce the amount of noise that’s out there, you reduce the amount of chaos and craziness that we see and experience on Ocean Drive late at night,” he said.
Ocean Drive businesses disagreed, and they successfully lobbied the city to remove a provision that would allow code enforcement officers to proactively enforce the law and for anonymous complaints to trigger citations — all for noise streaming from an entertainment district into a park and beach that have no permanent residents.
“Frankly, if no one is being bothered, then why should businesses be cited?” said Alexander Tachmes, the attorney who represents the Ocean Drive Association. “The only way to really ensure that they’re really addressing a problem is if a resident says, ‘I’m being bothered by the noise.’ ”
Commissioner Michael Grieco called the move a “fake hustle” that he believes will bring on an enforcement blitz that will give the appearance of improvement with no regard for impacts on businesses, including hospitality workers who rely on the wages they earn from Ocean Drive’s busy nightlife.
“I think the mayor’s going to coordinate with the chief to have the chief do what he should’ve been doing all along, which is to properly police the area and properly deploy the right amount of staff for the area,” he said, adding that there will be “dozens, if not hundreds” of employees who could potentially lose their jobs when clubs like Mango’s and the Clevelander can’t entertain people the way they need to.
Grieco also vehemently disagreed with Levine’s assessment that less noise would lead to less crime.
“To say that there’s some correlation between noise and crime is asinine,” he said.
Grieco and Levine, who have become more frequent political foes, butted heads during the public debate before the vote when Levine called Grieco “Mr. Mango” and Grieco called Levine “Governor.” Mango’s has contributed to Grieco’s mayoral campaign. Levine is seriously considering running for governor in 2018.
Last year, a coalition of businesses worked with Commissioner Ricky Arriola to develop a 10-point plan to spruce up the iconic street. Changes that have already been made include increased lighting, an opened linear path on the sidewalk created by moving cafe tables toward the buildings, and additional police officers.
Tachmes said the vote doesn’t undermine the 10-point plan, but it takes a sledgehammer to a problem that needs a scalpel. He said the point of the plan was to limit unwanted noise, such as music blasting from loudspeakers outside T-shirt shops.
Cortada installed a sculpture of 972 “pool noodles” shaped into a big splash on the ceiling of an indoor municipal swimming pool (the work also acts as an acoustic treatment for the space).
In creating Splash!, artist Xavier Cortada worked with composer/engineer Colby Leider to visualize the resonant frequencies of the pool at Betty T. Ferguson Aquatic Center. The shapes of waveforms depict a literal splash within the pool. This splash was visualized by solving the wave equation in two dimensions in a computer at the University of Miami’s Music Engineering Laboratory.
Splash! is a work of art that, made of hand-painted melamine foam, also serves to enhance the sonic qualities of the space by absorbing excessive reverberation. In a unique partnership with the City of Miami Gardens, Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places solely administered the artist selection process.Read More
Songs and sounds that can help amputees walk better, safer, stronger? Frost School of Music researchers merge music, engineering, and medical disciplines to make sure there’s an app for that.Read More
If you want to get better at music production and recording, it is helpful to follow and learn from the best. This site is all about “Recording Excellence” in all its forms, and so I thought it would be great to highlight those in the field who are trailblazers, innovators, and experts...
Author- Scott Hawksworth is RecordingExcellence.com's founder and editor.Read More
That open-air room set is murder on your attendees’ concentration. your keynoter’s voice is getting lost in the cavernous depths of your theater space. and the music at your cocktail reception is way too loud. but don’t worry — good sound design is as easy as listening to the audiology experts, meeting organizers, and AV professionals we’ve assembledRead More
October 15, 2014 — Coral Gables, Fla. — Colby Leider, associate professor and director of the Music Engineering Technology program at Frost, was awarded the 2014 Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. He and his faculty team presently work on more than $5 million in sponsored research. Leider is associate editor of Computer Music Journal and works as a consultant in patent-infringement cases involving audio and new media technologies. His research interests include digital audio signal processing, sound synthesis and spatialization, tuning systems, and alternate controllers for music making. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and many other notable organizations. He composes music, builds musical instruments, and has received prizes and honors from the American Composers Forum and the International Computer Music Association, to name a few. He is the author of Digital Audio Workstation, published by McGraw-Hill.
Colby Leider, director of music engineering at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, dismissed the hype about high-resolution sounds as "snob appeal". "Some people can tell the difference... But if it's a great song, you are still going to love it even if it's not HD, and if it's a bad song, it doesn't matter," he said.
University of Miami students in the Galapagos Islands It was like beingOn another planet by Joseph B. Treaster It was three weeks. But it went by in a flash. Fourteen students and two professors, in the 2014 University of Miami…Read More
Musical feedback could help veterans with prosthetic limbs re-learn to walk.
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BOB HIRSHON (host):
A musical boost for wounded warriors. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.
Veterans who have lost limbs in battle face another difficult battle: learning to walk using prosthetic limbs. But the University of Miami’s Department of Physical Therapy and the school’s Music Engineering Program have teamed up to help. They’ve developed sophisticated sensors for prosthetic limbs that interact with digital music players. When patients are walking correctly, they hear music playing properly, like this. Improper walking warps or thins the music. Correcting the problem provides an audio boost. Physical therapist Bob Gailey says amputees using the musical cues learn to walk better, sooner, and they can practice at home.
BOB GAILEY (University of Miami):
The therapist can track to see how they are doing, and say “Hey, you’re doing great” or “You need to get better balance on that prostheses so this is the exercise I want you to do.”
He says the technology will eventually be available for civilian use as well. I’m Bob Hirshon, for AAAS, the science society...