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Emma Quayle

'Node' - Associate, Edinburgh Napier University

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What does quiet mean to you?

I am collaborating on the project Stereopublic 'crowd sourcing the quiet' devised by Jason Sweeney, and have been busy populating it for it's UK launch at TED Global. As I walk around looking for quiet spots, either by myself or with friends, the question 'so, what constitutes quiet?' comes up again and again.

There are many different interpretations of 'quiet', ask an acoustician and you would likely be told somewhere around about 30 dB. For others, it is the sound of the sea, being able to hear the birds, or maybe simply somewhere that is 'quieter' in comparison to the noisy environment that they were in previously...

What does quiet mean to you?

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    Jun 11 2013: That's my definition of "quiet". I can't describe it to you, but I can let you experience it. So take a look to this interesting project: http://thequietplaceproject.com/thequietplace
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        Jun 12 2013: That quiet place is incredible,hhn?

        I agree that the sound of nature not an opposite of quiet,but it enhances quiet. wherever we are,empty our mind,we can create quiet.
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      Jun 12 2013: Wow, what a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing that :)

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