SOUNDS BRING GOOGLE EARTH TO LIFE

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SOUNDS BRING GOOGLE EARTH TO LIFE

 user 2007-05-10 at 12:53:00 pm Views: 54
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    Sounds bring Google Earth to life
    As
    well as homing in on visual feasts around the globe, users of Google
    Earth may soon be able to listen to the sounds that accompany them.

    A
    Californian company has created software that can layer relevant
    recorded sounds over locations in Google Earth, New Scientist reports.

    Wild
    Sanctuary has over 3,500 hours of soundscapes from all over the
    world.The firm is in talks with Google, although no official agreement
    has yet been made.Its director, Bernie Krause said: “A picture tells a
    thousand words, but a sound tells a thousand pictures.”

    ‘Add-on’
    Dr
    Krause has spent the last 40 years collecting sounds, and his
    recordings include more than 15,000 animal noises, and sounds from a
    huge array of habitats, including cities, deserts, mountains and the
    marine environment.It is the largest library in existence of natural
    sound, he said.He said the idea would be to zoom-in on a particular
    area and then have the option to listen to the accompanying sound.”It
    could be a real beneficial add-on,” he said.The software is to be
    presented at the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, California on 29
    May.Mr Krause said up to two dozen sounds would be show-cased at first,
    but many more would be added later.If the project is successful, he
    would also like to use Google Earth show how sounds change with time.He
    said: “People will be able to get a sense of before and after.”For
    example, people are talking about how selective logging is an
    appropriate way of not harming the environment.”But we have evidence
    that from the sound perspective, selective logging has a profound
    effect on the natural world. The pictures of before and after look
    exactly the same, but the sound is completely different.”