Friday, September 13, 2019

Welcome Back! Cool things from the Internet...

Welcome Back BAA! 
This year is already moving, and you're going to rock it. 

The first nifty Internet thing of the year comes in the form of an audio map created out of our spontaneous ooohs and ahhhs (something that you'll all be getting soon when people experience the art you're making).

According to Berkeley News, "Those spontaneous sounds we make to express everything from elation (woohoo) to embarrassment (oops) say a lot more about what we’re feeling than previously understood, according to new UC Berkeley research.

Proving that a sigh is not just a sigh, scientists conducted a statistical analysis of listener responses to more than 2,000 nonverbal exclamations known as “vocal bursts” and found they convey at least 24 kinds of emotion. Previous studies of vocal bursts set the number of recognizable emotions closer to 13.

Click on image to visit online audio map. Click "continue" on pop-up box, then move cursor across map to hear exclamations linked to 24 emotions (Graphic courtesy of Alan Cowen).
Click on the photo to visit the map

The results, recently published online in the American Psychologist journal, are demonstrated in vivid sound and color on the first-ever interactive audio map of nonverbal vocal communication."
(Article Here)

Take a few minutes and explore the map, do these reactions sound like yours? Theater folks, musicians, this is a great source for inspiration when you're looking for a sound that captures a specific feeling!