La Gomera, Canary Islands

Whistled language, Canary Islands

How do you communicate over large distances when your mobile phone runs out of charge or there is no network coverage – use a whistling language!

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(5 Votes, average 5.00)
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Way of silence

Way of Silence, Italy

This tiny beautiful island has a ‘Way of Silence’ – a way-marked soundwalk which heightens you hearing.

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(3 Votes, average 3.33)
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Picture of organ

Great Stalacpipe Organ, USA

Ringing stalactites create strange ethereal sounds – an ideal musical instrument for new-age rock music?!

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(7 Votes, average 4.57)
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Bell Caves Israel

Bell Caves, Israel

What makes the echoing sound of these caves unusual, is the way the different chambers are connected together. They are named the Bell Caves because of the shape, which also seems an appropriate name for a place with such interesting acoustics.

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(7 Votes, average 3.43)
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Singing roads

Drive over a cattle grid and you get a distinctive ringing sound. But why not take that further and have lots of ridges in the road which play whole tunes, even if the melodies are pretty tuneless!

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(13 Votes, average 3.92)
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Singing Ringing Tree

Singing Ringing Tree, UK

The Singing, Ringing Tree sits high on the Pennine Moors in the UK, using wind to generate discordant and haunting sounds.

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(19 Votes, average 4.05)
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Norias, Syria

Norias of Hama, Syria

Water wheels are not uncommon, but the groaning and creaking from these ancient norias is truely remarkable and unexpected.

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(9 Votes, average 4.22)
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Zadar Sea Organ

Sea organ, Zadar, Croatia

The organ buried in Zadar’s promenade makes a haunting but harmonious sound. Air is driven through the organ pipes by the motion of the sea.

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(22 Votes, average 4.14)
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Ear of Dionysius

Ear of Dionysius, Sicily, Italy

Legend has it that the acoustic focus in this cavern was exploited to enable the whispers of prisioners held here to be overheard. However today, only the reverberance of this vast space can be enjoyed.

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(8 Votes, average 3.00)
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Tikal pyramid

Tikal pyramids, Guatemala

Echoes off this pyramid create an unexpected chirping sound. But did the ancient Mayan’s deliberately design this acoustic effect into the building?

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(10 Votes, average 4.60)
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