Sense of person: project 3 and the story in “the World According to Sound”

In this project, a woman in Luzhi will be the person. Part of her daily life and the tour she gave us will be the main part of my project. During her sailing the boat she sang two songs, her voice is not so sweet but give me the sense of a watertown.

For the sound clip, I choose Brain artery in “the World According to Sound”.

This clip gives me such a real picture when listen to it with eyes closed. I can feel my artery move with pace of the sound.


Person Project Idea

First of all, I really want to use the sounds recorded in Luzhi and initially I was thinking of creating something similar to Hildegard Westerkamp’s work, Into the Labyrinth. Ashley and I have recorded a lots of great individual sounds, rain, water, birds, bells and a bunch of things I could use for that.

Then I realized it would not really be about a person but I would like to work with these sounds because I find them amazing. I don’t want to create a project including Chinese conversation that we have, since due to my very limited Chinese knowledge I  do not find that interesting. So I was thinking I could create an audio work of “what a person can feel when arriving to Luzhi” . Since lot of sounds that we recorded sound really sad I was also thinking what a person feels like when having depression or other sorts of mental problem but I find that a little bit risky since it would require a lot of research as well.

Week 7: Story Corps + Luzhi Clips (CHEN)

For my StoryCorps, I picked “Clean Streets”. It’s about a guy who was a garbage pickup man for 31 years. I really liked this one because we don’t really hear about the day to day activities of garbage men nor do we really think about them. I think we take them for granted most days. I really enjoyed the segment where Angelo was talking about when he was new and his partner made him do the whole street, then look back and see how pretty he made the street and to be proud of himself. I’ve never really had any interaction with garbage men, but this video makes me want to.

For my Luzhi piece, I’m thinking I’ll have some footstep sounds, some rain sounds, and use the clip of the many who was making bead sculptures. I might throw in some bird sounds to help convey that there wasn’t a front door, so you could hear everything. I’d also put in some moped sounds too. It might form into “a day in the life” kind of thing where it starts and ends with the person “entering/exiting” his shop or the water town in general.

SonicEnvironments: Listening – (Ann)

Class Date: March 22, 2017
Instructor: Professor Ann


The episodes I chose included animations; I was feeling very visual today.

“Danny & Annie”

This video is particularly moving becase it takes another approach to death. Curiously, I found that his voice matches the cartoon pretty well. It made me think of how we ascribe particular facial features to voices.

“Sundays at Rocco’s”

I chose this one because of the uplifting story. I also enjoyed the storytelling aspect of the video, I found it very entertaining and sincere.

SonicEnvironments: Listening – (Ann)

Class Date: March 20, 2017
Instructor: Professor Ann

Homecoming : 3. Phony

The first part of the episode alternates between Heidi’s conversations with Cruz and her boss, both have fairly distinct characteristics and effects that add up to the sense of location and character, and that are reinforced within each new episode. The unavailability of Heidi’s boss is encoded in his phone calls, where the quality is always bad and he always seems to be in a rush and in crowded spaces. It is from this chaotic side that he keeps demanding Heidi to keep in mind the importance of their project.

On the other hand, Heidi’s conversations with Cruz take place in an environment in which she has much more control. This is almost reflected by the calming sounds of the fish tank, which add both a sense of place and of character to the scenes.

During the second half she meets her ex boyfriend at a bar, and the sense of location is emphasised by the ambient noises that are usually encountered in bars. The emotional nature of the conversation is palpable in the voices of the actors, and these inflections make it easier for the listener to imagine the actor’s body language as they speak.

Dissecting Dead Animal Man 

This piece is much more organic. As it often occurs in interviews, not all of the sounds featured on the clip code for specific elements of the narrative. Although the music is as important in reflecting the mood of the piece, just as it is the case with Homecoming’s outro, it is mostly there to serve as a transitional element, not because it conveys essential meaning. As the speaker puts it, the producer “has to create whitespace with sound”, and this can be music, a distant voice, or a car sound. These moments, at the same time, are carefully placed so that there is enough space for reflection from the listener.  


Water town, project person, Ellie

It was a fun trip even though it was raining. Me and Asiya walked around a lot and were afraid we will have to do a project about food, because there were so many different food shops out there. But then we saw this musical shop and I wanted to check different instruments. We tried to explain in our poor chinese if we could record the sound of different instruments, so shop lady asked shop owner to come and play for us. He was a really nice guy and not only played but also talked about history of different instruments. His daughter was sitting and watching and listening to us. The more he talked the more people walked inside the shop and listened with us (maybe they were just actually interested in strange laowais haha). It was a little bit hard because we don’t really speak chinese but it was fun anyway. I think the project about person does not have to be a person talking about himself. I think what makes us to be a person is our interests and environment. He was so passionate about his instruments and its his world. When we hear someone talking about the things he likes, we can know more about that person, without even knowing his story. Even his daughter is following his path because she i also living in this world of instruments. She played a flute for us in the end. I’m attaching the recording of it below.

Week 8: Project Idea

For this upcoming project, Martin and I decided to put some rainy sound and water sound together. The day when we went to the water town, it rained pretty heavy, so it somehow represented the “watery town” to us. However, there are also many other sounds being captured by us while we were walking around the town. For example, dialogues between us and shop owners when we bought food from them, dialogues from tourists, dialogues from a family sitting next to us in a Cafe shop. Therefore, we haven’t decided completely of what to do yet but one of the ideas is to put all the water sounds together and show how the water sounds can be different under different circumstances.  We also try to connect the dialogues that we recorded to the sounds of water, because we are thinking of how to put all these sounds together and make it into a fictional story. Since the theme of this project is the “sense of a person”, we are thinking maybe we could record more voices and dialogues so that when we make it into a fictional story, it would make much more sense to listeners.

The most challenging idea that we thought of is to show a life of a person living inside the water town; however, it is too hard to show that only through dialogues so that we need more time to brainstorm and think about what exactly we would like this project to be. Below is the clip of water sounds.

Sonic Environments| Asiya Gubaydullina| Project Update

At the water village, Ellie and I managed to get a few pretty good recordings. We walked around first and then found a shop selling traditional Chinese instruments. We’ve got some pretty good material but, being honest, I still need to figure out what to do with it. I had a few ideas but they are not very relevant at this point. We asked the owner of the shop to talk about instruments and history of his shop but it was a little bit funny since our Chinese is good enough to understand everything, so we just nodded and encouraged him to talk more. Also, we took a picture with owner’s daughter who played Chinese flute for us.


Project idea-Xinye and Martin

From the trip of WaterTown, Xinye and Martin got a lot of inspirations from the sound of water. In such a rainy day, even though we could not get a super high quality recordings of other sounds like songs from insects and birds because of the heavy wind, we still found out one interesting  effect– the different sounds of water.  We drink water everyday, wash hands, take showers.. these seems very normal to each person, but who noticed that those sounds are totally different? Here I attached a piece of clip about the rain drops knock the umbrella, this is just the start of this project. With different material, different impact, we may record all of them, and perhaps we could make categories for them and finally edit a “water” song? Haven’t decided yet, but let’s see!

Week 7: Response to “Telephonic Symphony” from The World According to Sound

Student Name: Jianghao HU (Sam).

This piece Telephonic Symphony was recorded in a telephone store in Kyoto. When I first heard it I thought it was like someone recorded every single piece of sound separately and then put them together by editing. But later I realized it was a live recording at the store until the narrator explained how this piece was made. In this audio, every single piece of telephone ring was amazingly distinguishable, and they together created a harmony with the background music in which a child was singing. I especially like how the author ended the piece with the child singing.