Recordings At Challenger Deep

GHOAudio, Environment, Science

blue jellyfish

Challenger Deep sits at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, roughly 36,000 feet below sea level. While no light reaches those depths, sound travels very well there. Bob Dziak, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recently lead a team that designed and built a special hydrophone that could withstand the immense pressure seven miles below the … Read More

Music of Trees

GHOAudio, Environment, Sound Art

traubeck-years

I used to work for a man who was passionate about poetry. He liked the musicality of language, the interplay of sound and meaning, and we would discuss the similarities between literature and music (I worked at a bookstore). He was playful, ebullient, and had a buzz saw wit. It caught me by surprise, one day, when he told me … Read More

Landfill Harmonic

GHOEnvironment, Music

landfill-violin

On the outskirts of Asunción, the capital city of Paraguay, sits a small community called Cateura. Situated in a vast floodplain deemed mostly unlivable, it is also home to one of South America’s largest landfills. The 2,500 families of Cateura make their meager livings scavenging through mountains of garbage and reselling anything of value they can find. Favio Chávez first … Read More

Space and Place in the 21st Century Library

GHOArchitecture, Environment, Libraries, Use Configuration

Mansueto Library

Libraries are changing. Advances in information technology have created a vast proliferation of digital resources and the physical spaces of libraries are transforming as a result. Collections of resources move underground, off-site, or onto the Web to make room for new technologies and services. Library patrons increasingly visit libraries less to find information and more for the experience of discovery. … Read More

The Changing Landscape of the Information Environment

GHOArchitecture, Environment, Libraries, Use Configuration

MartinLutherKingJrLibrary

The library and information environment is evolving. Gone are the days of black screen monitors with yellow letters attached to clunky keyboards, stationary reference desks, paper card catalogs and policies of hushed tones. Sleek, state-of-the-art computers populate many libraries and often can be used for almost anything; stationary reference desks are being removed in favor of “roving reference” whereby librarians … Read More