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Orfield Labs  
According to the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records, the anechoic chamber at Minnesota’s Orfield Laboratories is “the quietest place on earth.” Muting 99.9 percent of all sound is more disturbing than relaxing, apparently, though the equipment (such as dishwashers) that gets noise-tested there doesn’t seem to care.

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what does a daily song do? Literally translated as “daily rings,” German composer Andreas Bick recorded the sounds of his Berlin courtyard every morning for 61 days. Click “play” for his song of this city.

Yes, that Muzak. “Audio architects” are standing by to “craft an experience” that conveys a brand and makes customers, patients, and patrons comfortable. It’s not just for elevators anymore.

Everyday Listening  
This elegant and fun blog offers “sonic inspiration.” Chock-full of fabulous photos and video, hear art that amplifies the sound of urban places, or watch voice get transformed into sculpture. Be sure to have your audio on.

The Acoustical Society of America  
The pre-eminent scientific organization on acoustics covers topics from the psychoacoustics of animals to the acoustics of classrooms. Download journals on noise control, or explore sound on the related website designed for kids; all the who’s who in sound are here.

Collected Papers on Acoustics  
Google offers a free download of Wallace Clement Sabine’s famous 1923 text. The first guy to compute enclosure responses explains the thinking behind architectural acoustics. Read it on your T ride to Boston Symphony Hall.

Urban Remix  
This highly interactive public art project invites anyone to record city neighborhood sounds with a smartphone, upload, and mix. Invented by a trio of Georgia Tech professors, so far urban sound events have happened in San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York City. Perhaps it’s time for Boston?