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SoundScapeIssue 0203Welcome to the second edition of SoundScape, where life sounds good. Firstly, may I thank you for your praise, feedback and encouragement for our inaugural edition which has been very gratefully received by the team. Building on some of the themes from the launch issue, this edition of SoundScape is aimed at creating a Sound World. A world at peace, and wholesome from the profi ts of sustainable and managed soundscapes. As we consider sound as fl uid as the air we breathe, a life force coursing through our planet, we are better placed to understand its scope, and channel its potency. Journey through SoundScape to explore what is being done to improve and enhance the aural environment. Alight on Sounding Brighton, to discover how this pioneering project is joining together the NAS with local residents, the local authority, artists and scientists to craft positive soundscapes. Explore the power of musical traditions and preferences in Dr Witchel's State of Mind and catch up on John Stewart's progress in Plane Truths. With budget cuts, the Sound Regeneration feature reveals how local authorities can benefi t from public funding to regenerate social housing; and for sustainable acoustic insulation look no further than Sound Design. Discerning diners and responsible restaurateurs will enjoy Sound Dining, and for the intrepid traveler, be transported to a Sound City where recycled sounds create music and revolving ear-trumpets reveal unexplored worlds. Our Sound World begins at school, where our next generation is being trained and inspired. How do we make the most of our resources and ensure that students are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential? Making the Grade explores how noise is hindering the absorption and retention of vital knowledge and information, and having a negative effect on the general quality of learning. Enjoy the comforting heritage pieces that frame the work of the NAS - Hall of Fame with a unique perspective on noise and its effects, SoundScape is teeming with insightful, intelligent features. Bringing into focus the complexity of sound, its power and infl uence, the magazine sheds light on our perceptions and experience of the aural landscapeSound illuminationsfeatures our infl uential founding members who lobbied to protect the aural fabric of this land, and Quiet Pioneer recounts how the man who made our streets safer in the 1970s is now making them quieter. As ever, your support and feedback is vital to us - please consider becoming a member or making a donation at http://noiseabatementsociety.com/get-involved/donate/. In the meantime, we encourage you to pass on this issue of SoundScape to like-minded friends and colleagues, for their interest, enjoyment and support. With quiet wishes, Catherine Bennett, Editor SoundScape@noise-abatement.org