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Sound Communication

It’s interesting that in the early days of the pandemic, and the associated lockdown, Zoom became a must-

have technology for maintaining contact. Work continued remotely and online, news interviews gave us a glimpse into politicians’ and health experts’ homes, families discovered the delights of the virtual pub quiz.

Now almost a year on, and in the early stage of another, and as yet unlimited, lockdown people are citing Zoom-fatigue and screen weariness and as barriers to easy communication. The confusion of whom to look at in the ‘Gallery view’, who is to speak next, and continual cries of ‘Un-mute yourself’ leads us to question: “Is there a better way?”

Sound communication has been with us – literally – since before we were born. In the womb a baby experiences, at a very physical and intimate level, the power of sound to convey occasion, relationship and emotion. As we grow through childhood into adulthood, we never lose that potential for sound to touch us deeply and to trigger powerful responses. It can be front of mind or ambient, immersive or superficial, requiring attention or received subliminally. Whichever way it reaches you, sound will have an impact on you.