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The triumphal march of the vuvuzela:  can we ban elephants from trumpeting? Jiří M. Špičák | sound | 01.02.2010
THE TRIUMPHAL MARCH OF THE VUVUZELA: CAN WE BAN ELEPHANTS FROM TRUMPETING?
The big hit of this year’s football World Cup in South Africa, the plastic vuvuzela—used in general by South African fans to trumpet a monotone symphony of football fandom—has became a popular target of colorful comparisons. This 65-centimeter long “horrendous whistle,” as Czech midfielder Tomáš Rosický has called it, is earning labels left and right—mostly of the pejorative type. The trumpet of…
Territories of Sound Jonathan Marshall | sound | 01.05.2001
TERRITORIES OF SOUND
During a recent trip to Europe and America I mused on the sonic experience of travel. A low, white noise buzz permeates the hermetically sealed cabin, a windy physical and sonic tremor which one can cover (but not altogether escape) by judicious use of the head phones. The dialectic between the intermittent tremor of the vehicle and the sonic envelope of listening describes the experience of…

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