Throughout Chicago our soundscape will be filled explosions in celebration of the founding of the United States of America. The excitement of sparkling lights and loud noises may bring back fond memories, signaling an annual cycle of American summertime. However, for some who are sensitive to sounds, especially of warfare, people and pets are highly disturbed. Veterans with traumatic battlefield experience are among them.
On another note, National Public Radio’s Ari Shapiro spoke with a pyrotechnics specialist on how firework sounds are designed.