Re: Best fire alarm contest

Subject: Re: Best fire alarm contest
From: miriam clinton (iriXx) (
Date: Sun Sep 19 2004 - 19:48:17 EDT

you been burning your toast again eliot? ;)


Eliot Handelman wrote:

> Some characteristics of good fire alarms are described at the end of
> this message.
> I'm tossing around the idea of an audio design contest for "best car
> alarm sound," "best smoke detector sound,"
> etc. -- the sorts of sounds usually designed by engineers and
> psychologists. My feeling is that
> composers could do much better or worse than these sounds that are
> supposed to require us to hear.
> q: how many categories of real-world design sound might there be? I
> can only think of alerts.
> conditions: categories may be freely invented. Entries may include
> those with explicable or inexplicable purposes or meanings.
> Has such a contest ever been run?
> -- eliot (in this capacity, host of where's beat CKUT 90.3 FM montreal)
>>> Does anyone of any research that identifies the acoustic
>>> characteristics
>>> needed to arouse people from sleep.
>> Possibly The Roar of a Lion?
>> Or the "White Shark" soundtrack?
>> Sorry, could not resist ;-).
>> To supply some Information from my own experience.
>> When i get used to my alarm-clock sound i can ignore it. So it should
>> be a
>> very unfamiliar sound. And the second thing: It should be heavily
>> arranged
>> in the 1-4kHz frequency range. And additionally Harmonic Distortion
>> helps
>> signals to be louder recognised as they are.
>> Regards,
>> Hermann.

"I'd still be mad at the world, even if it apologised. (Sorry)."

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