Princeton professor Emily Thompson took her genius grant-funded research on "acoustic innovation" and the "emergence of excessive noise," blew it out of the ivory tower?well, via this piece in USC's online journal Vectors?and created an incredibly rad map of the sounds of New York City between 1900 and 1933. Spotted by Atlantic Cities, the interactive graphic seizes tons of historical tidbits, from newspaper articles to old correspondence to police complaints, to visually and aurally lay out what was making noise (boats, musicians) and where (the Hudson, Midtown). You can explore the map geographically, clicking on a point to see the type of the noise and the primary source Thompson used to discover it. Many points have video or audio clips, or a scanned document to substantiate them. There's also a timeline dotted with the same points so readers can see how the city's auditory landscape evolved over time?more skyscraper construction as 1930 approached, for example. Seriously entrancing stuff for any history buff. Guess it's somewhat reassuring to know that the myriad noise wars of today have a deep-seated historical precedent?
· The Roaring Twenties: An Interactive Exploration of the Historical Soundscape of New York City [official]
· Exploring the Hilarious Noise Complaints of 1930s New York [Atlantic Cities]
· History Lessons archive [Curbed]