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The Jacobsens' Top Five Nonmusical Sounds

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Life in New York City can make one attuned to environmental sounds, both pleasing and irritating. And so it is with Eric and Colin Jacobsen, brothers and co-artistic directors of The Knights, the Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra. Conductor Eric and violinist Colin seem to subscribe to the notion popularized by John Cage that everyday sounds may constitute music -- itself a reflection of the influence of Zen Buddhism. Here are the brothers' Five Favorite Nonmusical Sounds.

1. Tennis Can
2. A Sizzling Grill
3. A Paper Cutter
4. Ice Hitting Ice
5. Silence