Noah Vawter, a research assistant at MIT's Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has produced a Master's Thesis that's actually worth reading. Rather, it's worth hearing. Mr. Vawter's work, "Ambient Addition: How to Turn Urban Noise into Music," is predicated on the seemingly ubiquitous infiltration of noise pollution in cities. Thus far, Mr. Vawter explains, we've been resigned to iPod solutions--the problem being that iPods can potentially isolate you from other people (as well a detach your from the experience of the city itself).

His solution? Create a device that turns surrounding city noise into music.

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