Sound Walk

On our sound walk, Will and I ventured over to the hill near the Davis Center Tunnel entrance on Main Street. While we were there we were very observant of the level of wind. The hill acted as a natural wind tunnel in that it focused the wind down towards Main Street from the Catholic Center near Redstone Campus. We discussed the idea that wind isn’t actually heard, it’s the motion caused by the wind that we then in turn perceive as audible signs of the presence of wind. A human beings “microphone” is deep within the ear so it is sheltered from the wind but the microphone used in my iPhone is almost directly exposed to the wind. It is then in turn heard as an overarching white noise in the recordings. Fortunately in reality, we humans are able to filter that out.

Dan and Sarah’s Soundwalk

Soundwalk Presentation

Dan and I walked from UHeights to the library, then back around through Living and Learning. While outside the library on the green, we heard mostly laughter, conversation, and music, as well as some unidentifiable machinery (possibly a generator or ventilator) which became background noise. Most of the sounds that we heard were human sounds and ranged across the entire green. This shows us how full of life UVM is when we finally get warm weather!

Hannah and Glenna’s Outside Day!

-Sounds heard on soundwalk: wind, greenhouse fans, footsteps, conversation, opening doors, lab sounds, coughing

-Locations: outside greenhouse, inside greenhouse, in science lab, on the street. We sat outside the greenhouse for our first five minutes, which was quiet besides wind and the sounds of the greenhouse fans. For our ten-minute walk we went inside the greenhouse and then in Hannah’s microbiology lab she works in. We then walked outside and were on the street.

– The whirring of the greenhouse fans was very identifiable. The conversations we heard I didn’t know exactly where they came from because my eyes were closed.

-The drones were the wind and greenhouse fans. At first I didn’t really hear them but when I really started listening they were identifiable.

– The natural sounds were predominant in our first 5 minutes (mostly the wind), and then the sounds became more human as Hannah and I started to talk and explore during our ten-minute walk.

– Most of the sounds I heard were fairly quiet. There was really no loud, startling noise

– The depth of sounds ranged from very close to the microphone to almost out of our ability to hear

– I feel like I understand how much depth there is to sound now. Hearing beyond what’s right in front us is something that doesn’t often happen unless we are really trying to listen and hear everything.


Soundcloud link:

The Seattle Sound

The Seattle Sound (Soundcloud)


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