How Organizations, Communities and Individuals Manage Overflows
Edited by Barbara Czarniawska and Orvar Löfgren
Chapter 8: Transmutations of noise
I couldn’t hear my baby crying over the noise of the hairdryer. (www.quietmark.com) For sleeping, there’s nothing like the ultimate white noise Fan CD and Fan Noise mp3 download! Let the gentlly [sic] purring hum sound of a running electric fan noise lull you to sleep without actually running a fan! Sounds of a window fan is [sic] an exceptionally effective white noise sound to fall asleep by in any season of the year. (www.purewhitenoise.com) Noise is commonly understood as an excess of undesired sound. But just as definitions have often been problematic in the other cases of overflow discussed in this volume, it is difficult to define noise. What is experienced as noise in various contexts? The two websites from which the previous quotes were taken described noise as either annoying or pleasant.The first of the two quotes is to be found on the website of Quiet Mark, which, according to the text on the site: ‘is the international mark of approval award programme from the UK Noise Abatement Society encouraging worldwide companies in the development of noise reduction within the design of everyday machines and appliances’. Its aim is to reduce what it calls excessive noise in people’s surroundings, in order to improve health and reduce stress.
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