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22 January 2016
(I just woke up, 7.40 am)

Peacocks in the morning
Crows and sparrows on trees kawing and chirping
My father’s footsteps – rubber slippers on granite
The sound of running water
Fills up to the brim of the glass bottle
The dog outside barks
A car passes by
Mosquitoes buzzing close to my ear
Clusters of chirping birds, many of them
Someone got in their car, I can hear the doors open and close
The engine starts
Pigeons hoofing
The clock ticks

Soundtstories is a personal exercise that helps me document the world through sounds alone. It makes me more observant and it is a lot of fun!! The idea is to listen to sounds chronologically but omit conversations.

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19 January 2016
(In bed trying to sleep)

It is 2 am, the clock is ticking
The sound of no movement – like a faint white noise
My fingers typing on the keyboard
A fold on a plastic wrap opened – ‘cluck’
Strands of my hair rubbing against one another other as I turn my head
Another fold in the plastic relaxes – ‘cluckk cluck’
I am still typing
My rhythmic breathing
Nothing
The sounds in my head – people talking, cars passing by
A deep breath
‘cluck’

Soundtstories is a personal exercise that helps me document the world through sounds alone. It makes me more observant and it is a lot of fun!! The idea is to listen to sounds chronologically but omit conversations.

 

15 January, 2016
(traveling from New York to New Delhi)

Aircraft cuts through the wind
The glass in the window is shivering
Something that sounds like a fan, maybe the air conditioning
I can hear people mumbling
The crackle of a plastic water bottle
Someone’s bangles?
A woman having a conversation with her young daughter
Someone coughed
Two more people coughed
The daughter is singing
The lavatory door opened and closed
It opened again
The gentleman in front of me cleared his throat
A baby started to cry



Soundtstories is a personal exercise that helps me document the world through sounds alone. It makes me more observant and it is a lot of fun!! The idea is to listen to sounds chronologically but omit conversations.

January 14, 2016

In a subway station full of people. No one is talking.
Only sounds of someone coughing
Feet dragging across the tiles on the floor
There is an announcement – It is Muffled
People breathing heavily
The train station air vent fan
The guy in the green coat yawns
The sound of a someone’s hand rubbing off his black jacket as he fixes his headphones
He sneezed
A zipper is opened
Someone is folding papers
I can hear a train
Train doors open
Train’s door closes – ding ding
More dragging footsteps
No one has spoken yet
Another train going the other direction
I can see two people talking but they are far away – I can’t hear them
Someone clicked their tongue
Another cough
A shoe that’s got a stone stuck on the sole
A train comes
It leaves
The sound of keys
People have started talking
More conversations
They are laughing
Train is coming
I’m in the train

 

Soundtstories is a personal exercise that helps me document the world through sounds alone. It makes me more observant and it is a lot of fun!! The idea is to listen to sounds chronologically but omit conversations.