Paul Robare, Jodi Forlizzi
John Cage is said to have once sat in an anechoic chamber for some time. Upon exiting, Cage remarked to the engineer on duty that after some time he was able to perceive two discrete sounds, one high pitched and one low. The engineer then explained that the high-pitched sound was his nervous system and the low his circulatory system. There really is no escaping sound. Recently, one of us embarked on a similar experiment with our desktop computer. A surprising number of sounds emanated from the machine: the whirr of the fans, the clicking of the drives, and…
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