sound·​scape | \ ˈsau̇n(d)-ˌskāp \

Definition of soundscape

: a mélange of musical and sometimes nonmusical sounds

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On the plus side, the mask’s ample wraparound design includes infrared lights meant to treat wrinkles, sensors to track your heart rate and movement, and embedded headphones that pipe in audio-meditation and sleepy soundscapes. Rebecca Dolan, WSJ, "Trouble Sleeping? High-Tech Masks Can Help," 25 July 2018 The joint album has been long in the making, Jay-Z said in an interview with The New York Times; the care shows in tracks that can hark back to vintage R&B or delve into eerie, disorienting electronic soundscapes. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z: The State of the Union Is Strong," 17 June 2018 Its action touches, with inspired help from Mr. Ross’s soundscape, on the struggles of African-Americans in Ailey’s time and in that of our own. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "New Works to Celebrate an Established Company," 12 Dec. 2018 The degraded soundscape signals that the Reef could be attracting up to 40 percent fewer fish. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "'Cloud Brightening' Might Save the Great Barrier Reef," 16 July 2018 That idea’s threaded through there, still, but earlier versions were more overt about the soundscape becoming song. Michael Phillips,, "Buzzworthy 'Blindspotting' completes the great Oakland film trifecta of 2018," 12 July 2018 Unlike the sort of structured rock Gordon made with Sonic Youth for more than two decades, Body/Head offers cavernous and shapeless soundscapes made with guitars and Gordon’s often abstract vocals. Ryan Kost,, "Kim Gordon, Bill Nace live in the moment as Body/Head," 5 July 2018 The severity of the framing can seem at first like a distortion of reality, much like the wild, teeming soundscape, alive with buzzing insects, cawing birds, giggling children and distant gunshots. Justin Chang,, "Lucrecia Martel's 'Zama' is a feverishly brilliant tale of European colonialism and its discontents," 26 Apr. 2018 Jurassic soundscape The roars and bellows in Jurassic Park and World echo those of lions or elephants—appropriately grandiose for surround sound. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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