Take a moment, close your eyes, and listen. What do you hear? From my office this morning, I hear traffic from the street, birds chirping, the rhythmic tapping of a co-worker’s keyboard, and if I listen closely, a distant wind chime swaying in the breeze. Its peaceful, and I feel relaxed. However, it’s not the type of quiet, particularly with the window open, for my ears to register my own breathing, and as I try to focus on the faint exhale, my phone buzzes with a text message.
Noise is all around us, and it’s growing in decibels as our world becomes increasingly occupied by larger, louder, modern amenities. A moment of silence is a rarity these days. While we may not realize it, our minds and bodies crave quiet serenity. Patrick Shen, Director of “In Pursuit of Silence” set out to capture the impact silence can have on mankind.
Shen believes, “Of the many things that silence can be and do for us, the most powerful might be its ability to reset our minds and hearts, a blank canvas upon which to paint the story of our lives. In a world that consumes so much of us, silence is needed more than ever to free us.”
Allow yourself a moment today to be inspired by this short trailer depicting the importance of our human relationship with noise and the impact sound has on our existence.
FROM THE AUTHORS…
“In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative film about silence, our relationship with sound, and the impact of noise on our lives. In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. From the Desert Fathers of the third century AD who became the model for Christian monasticism to John Cage’s seminal work 4’33” which would go on to inspire a generation of artists, humankind has had a long fascination with silence. In Pursuit of Silence will be the first comprehensive look at this topic whose many dimensions lie at the heart of so much of human progress. Offering audiences a contemplative cinematic experience, the sights and sounds of this film will work its way through frantic minds, into the quiet spaces of hearts, and help shape a new vision of being.”
The film intends to explore the following:
- Silence as perceived by different cultures
- The dimensions of silence and how we perceive it
- The benefits of silence from a psychological, neurological, spiritual perspective
- The basic science of sound, how we perceive it, how it influences us
- Noise pollution and its negative effects on health, cognitive development, autism, our general perception of the world around us
- Solutions to noise pollution (i.e. city planning, product design, architecture)
- Hearing loss and other diseases related to hearing and sound
CENSEO’S COMMITMENT TO SILENCE
Our acoustical engineers understand the impact of noise pollution and the modifications modern-day society can make to reduce the negative impact on our communities. Understanding how sound works is essential in minimizing the negativity and allowing our bodies serenity for a full life. At CENSEO AV+Acoustics, our business is to provide sound measurement, detailed precision, and simple solutions when it comes to the importance of protecting humankind from the intrusion of unnecessary clatter. Contact us today; our team is happy to help your team in creating a more peaceful environment for the future.