sound·scape | \ ˈsau̇n(d)-ˌskāp \

Definition of soundscape 

: a mélange of musical and sometimes nonmusical sounds

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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 Minimizing dark, droning guitars and pulsing electronic beats, Suuns uses a mix of acoustic and electronic percussion, clearly articulated guitars, open spaces and bright, oscillating soundscapes to accompany Ben Shemie’s voice. Jim Fusilli, WSJ, "‘Felt’ by Suuns Review: A Liberating, Softer Sound," 6 Mar. 2018 The Beatles pulled it off, incorporating everything from British music-hall entertainment to Indian sitar into their kaleidoscopic soundscapes. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "‘Heaven and Earth’ by Kamasi Washington Review: Musical Miracle Worker?," 20 June 2018 Inspired by vintage radio plays, Artistic Director Jenny McAllister’s production features an immersive soundscape and handheld radios for the audience, which is limited to 38 per performance. Claudia Bauer,, "13th Floor’s ‘Space Pilots’ saves the world," 12 July 2018 The hip-hop veteran No ID produced the album’s 10 tracks, using chopped-up soul samples and crisp rhythms for controlled, bittersweet soundscapes that foreground the lyrics. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Surprise Album Makes Marriage Into a Spectacle," 17 June 2018 Its musical compositions involve vocals and several instruments, including drums and bass, that are carefully arranged to create expansive, meditative and groovy soundscapes. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Magic Bag hosts Native Howl, Gasoline Gypsies; War & Treaty at Otus Supply," 31 May 2018 At one point, a throwback to the baroque era emerges amid the edgy soundscape, like a repressed memory. Tim Smith,, "BSO New Music Festival filled with eclectic works, electric performances," 26 June 2018 Yet, for fans intimately entrenched in the trio’s icy remove and Euro-centric soundscapes, Depeche Mode has always had its socio-political agenda. A.d. Amorosi,, "Depeche Mode don't think their music can change the world. That won't stop them from trying," 29 May 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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