soundscape

noun
sound·​scape | \ˈsau̇n(d)-ˌskāp \

Definition of soundscape 

: a mélange of musical and sometimes nonmusical sounds

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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, chicagotribune.com, "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, SFChronicle.com, "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, latimes.com, "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 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, SFChronicle.com, "13th Floor’s ‘Space Pilots’ saves the world," 12 July 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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