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Out Quiet Yourself

Out Quiet Yourself

Visitors walk along a gravel path, trying to be as quiet as possible. As they listen to the crunch of gravel, they try different ways of walking—on tiptoe, perhaps, or at a different speed—paying attention to small changes in the noise level. A sound meter displays a “noise score” so visitors can check their perceptions, and a short film offers tips for extra-quiet walking.

We’re almost constantly bombarded by a wide range of sounds, most of which we tune out. This exhibit provides an experience in listening attentively to sounds we would normally ignore.