Sound Calendar of the Year 2018

“Sound Calendar of the Year” (Ecology Sound Calendar) Conceived by Jin Hi Kim

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Sound Mix #1
by Jin Hi Kim
Audio Editing by Dustin DeMilio


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Please use headphones to listen to the sound. The sound mix starts with Earth singing as recorded by NASA.  Underneath the first introduced is Long Island Sound as the tide change has persuasive rhythms and cycles with repetitive elastic patterns creating an organic form. The motion of water has no boundaries. It is timeless.

The following sound landscapes reveal the land we currently live on. Birds and small creatures in Connecticut Audubon found the sanctuary but humans invented machine noise like a leave blower and airplanes overwhelm the forest chorus. The bomb cyclone on full moon day in CT is spooky and horrifying, which is juxtaposed with devastated Ellicott City Flood in Maryland. The 1000-year historic flood hits Ellicott City twice in 2 years. The intensity of water flow is not so different from the chaotic Bangladeshi rush hour traffic. 

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano eruptions are powerful and somewhat angry at the same time the local roosters, insects, and birds are singing their songs meanwhile the violent eruptions are continuing near them.  Angry people are fighting in the Syrian war. The restless gun shots and cannon explosions in the battle zone juxtapose with crowds’ exclamation for SpaceX Folcan9 Rocket launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral. When all sounds are ignored there still remains Earth singing.


Sound Mix #2
by Jin Hi Kim
Audio Editing by Dustin DeMilio


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Imagine you are above the earth and can hear sounds any country, simultaneously and timelessly. 

Around the world 2018 was a year of apocalyptic flood caused by the effects of climate change escalated. This summer was record breaking crisis. Here is a snapshot of the global flood this year. You are now listening to people’s screaming and crying all around the world! Record breaking rained flood parts of Karnataka in India as monsoon arrived with a bang (May 31). CNN reports Hundreds of people missing and thousands more have been displaced after a dam collapsed in southern Laos, causing flash flooding across six villages, according to the state news agency. Tthe Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam had collapsed, causing several deaths and leaving more than 6,000 people homeless. The disaster is so far known to have affected at least six villages in the Sanamxay district of Attapeu Province (July 24). Floods killed people in Northern Vietnam (June 25). Extreme flood hits France (June 5) and cities suffered from the floods, Toulouse, Bréteuil, Bellot, Orcier and Mulhouse. Horrendous storms and landslides hit Asia (July 22). Flooding in several cities in Germany: Ottbergen, Soest, Niederwörresbach, Solingen and Kirchen (June 1). In Greece cars swept away by flood to the sea (June 27). Apocalyptic flooding in Japan killed over 100 people (July 9) and hit Hiroshima so badly (July 7). Flash flood in Java, Indonesia (June 22). In Romania Bridges, houses and streets collapse by massive floods (June 30). Flooding in Valle Sabbia, Italy (June 12). Extreme flood in Baalbeck, Lebanon (June 13) and in Mumbai and Vasai (July 9). Extremely severe hurricane storm Mekunu was a powerful tropical cyclone that affected floods in Socotra, southern Oman and eastern Yemen (May 27). Flooding in Barranquilla, Colombia (May 6) and in Petropolis, Brazil (April 3). Terrible flashing flood in Ankara, Turkey (May 5). Intense flood in Wuppertal, Germany (May 27). Restless floods have been overwhelming the globe year around since apocalyptic tsunami hit Tokyo early year on January 31.


On July 28 NASA released sound of shooting Sun. Speaking of sun heat, extreme drought and heat wave hit wildfires. The wildfire season starts earlier and lasts longer. Terrifying! Deadly fires have scorched swaths of the Northern Hemisphere this summer, from California to Arctic Sweden and down to Greece on the sunny Mediterranean. Drought in Europe has turned verdant land barren, while people in Japan and Korea are dying from record-breaking heat. Climate change is here and is affecting the entire globe -- not just the polar bears or tiny islands vulnerable to rising sea levels -- scientists say. It is on the doorsteps of everyday Americans, Europeans and Asians, and the best evidence shows it will get much worse. Record breaking hot temperature hits Greece (July 27). Ninety-one people in Greece died in wildfires. Spain and Portugal sweltered through an exceptionally hot weekend with a heat wave that has killed people, and pushed temperatures toward record levels. The most destructive wildfire in state history and one of the deadliest, Camp Fire forced the evacuation of residents in Paradise as high winds pushed the fire to the town causing many homes and businesses to burn (September 9). A California woman, Rebecca Hackett captured dramatic video as she drove through flames trying to flee the devastating Woolsey Fire in Malibu (November 11). FEAR. Fear over apocalyptic disasters from the extreme weather. This is new norm. What shall we do to save the planet and make it better place for us to live?


Sound Mix #3
by Jin Hi Kim
Audio Editing by Dustin DeMilio

 

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Extreme weather ranked among top global risks this year. In 2008, the historic levels of rain hit the U. S. along with unexpected thunderstorms and tornados. Severe thunderstorm hits Racine, WI (May 27) - A man walking recorded the drenching rain. It is rather spooky and lonely town by the only sound captured here of downpours and passing train whistling at night. Intense Severe Thunderstorm in Leander/Ceder Park, TX (June 4) - After a long period of what seemed like a thunderstorm extinction in Central Texas, the Storm Prediction Center issued a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms in the area, mostly for damaging winds. Towards the evening, a mesoscale convective began to move in from eastern Texas and headed westward towards the Austin area, reaching the Central Texas area by around 11:00 PM. At around 11:45 PM, the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for eastern Williamson County for 60 mph wind gusts and nickel-sized hail. Once the complex reached northern Travis County, it began to stall over the metro area due to the presence of multiple boundaries that stopped the system in its tracks, dropping 4+ inches of rain in places such as Pflugerville, TX with the NWS issuing multiple flash flood warnings. Areas such as Pflugerville and Round Rock also lost power for many hours due to the storm system, with wind damage reports scattered all across the Central Texas area. This storm system was also notable for having an astounding amount of cloud-to-ground lightning, which also caused damage and power outages. On June 1 Nebraska Supercell and Tornado brought heavy raining and crashing thunder.  Seen some strong weather came into Paragould, Arkansa (June 12) – lightening, thunder, wind, and siren. Meanwhile in California after many years of drought, the intense flow of water in Matilija Creek captured on June 16. In Connecticut a rare Tornado was captured in Beacon (May 15) - Massive windstorm, hailing, drenching raining, and so many trees were snapped down. In the evening of May 1, a large wedge-shaped tornado developed to the west of the town of Culver, Kansas, near the town of Tescott. The tornado eventually grew to one-half mile in width, and had a path length of nearly fifteen miles. Though fortunately it remained over mainly open country during its lifespan, the tornado was responsible for EF-3 damage just to the west of Minneapolis, Kansas. Amazing thunderstorm over Istanbul at evening pray time (July 24) – crashing thunders with Muslim pray call is quite sentimental. Hailstorm and flash flood in Saudi Arabia! (April 10).  The climate change impacts on atmosphere, soil, plants and life.