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When air flows around an object there exists a critical velocity where vortices begin to form on the leeward side. These vortices consist of a series of alternating low pressure zones which then cause the object to vibrate at a resonant frequency. Structures such as poles, chimneys, suspension bridges, electrical transmission lines, and even tall buildings can become quite sensitive to these effects. This phenomenon is known as a Karman vortex street.

This edition of Special Collections features recordings of singing electrical lines, fluttering lamp poles, expanding chimneys, howling skyscrapers and swaying bridges.


Broadcast date: February 27nd 2018
KCHUNG Los Angeles 1630AM

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS is a broadcast project by Sam Rowell.
Each edition is mixed live on the air.