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Published on Aug 20, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What happens to cultural memory when the teachers are all dead and their stories have gone missing? This is a question Don Hill has been asking since he encountered Indian rock art pictographs in Canada, nearly forty years ago. His passion for various sounds and background in broadcasting have teamed him up with a Neuroscience Research Group to study how sound can act as a memory system and tell us something about the special places from our past.
Don Hill is a sound artist, broadcaster, and associate researcher at Laurentian University’s Neuroscience Research Group. His interest lies in psychoacoustics, the science of how sound affects human cognition. He completed an investigation of the psychoacoustic properties of the carillon bells atop Edmonton’s City Hall, as well as a fascinating exploration of the sonic architecture embedded in a 5,300 year old medicine wheel – a careful alignment of stones spread out across 20 sq. km on the Canadian prairie.
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