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26 May 2016
( 9:25 pm, In the living room working while songs from Pyaasa play in the background )

People talking under my building
Some very loudly
Metal gates opening or
Metal gates closing
A car passes by
Another vehicle honks
Laughter
More laughter
More gates open and close

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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12 May 2016

Everyday on my way to school, my train stops at Jay Street – Metrotech where I can hear this one person playing a certain string (violin sounding) instrument and not particularly well. What does this person look like? How do they feel about their own music?

10 May 2016
(9:00 pm, On my way to see the Times Square Electronic Garden exhibition)

Doors Open
The sound of a piece of wood breaking
A train honking from far away
Someone rapping from inside someone’s headphones
The honking train breaks
Another train is arriving
Sounds of a dangling backpack zipper
A plastic wrapper?
The honking train leaves the platform
Doors close

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.

3 May 2016
( 4:49 pm, Thesis presentation for my second years in the ITP Lounge)

The sound of Denny typing on his keyboard
The wooden floor creaks
Clapping sounds coming from the meeting room
More clapping sounds, this time from the micro studio
Again.
Someone’s footsteps
A heavy breather just walked past me
A sneeze
Running water from the kitchen sink
A cough
A pen being dragged across the table

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.

1 May 2016

There is a man on the subway, sitting right across from me. He seems angry. There is a violent assertion in his stance. Every now and then he kicks the pole in front of him – a way to mark his territory I presume.

He pretends at random times to block someone’s way by stretching his legs or by putting his feet on the seat, almost threatening the person next to him.
I wonder why this feels uncomfortable to me. The sight of this man, who is claiming his territory, scaring people away from what he believes is his space. Isn’t this animal response natural to all species? Why then do I feel more comfortable with our constructed civil behavior ?

29 April 2016
(In the Subway back home on a rainy day)

The train breaks, sounds almost like a soda can opening
Ding Ding, train doors close
A woman announces something
Doors open
Another train stops on the other side of the station
Doors close
Someone coughs
Screeching noise of the wheels on the tracks
Rumbling breaks
Sound of a water hose spraying water on the ground
A woman singing
Announcement, again
The sound of a vibration in the entire train
The train on the adjacent track is honking
Music through somebody else’s headphones
More honking
Someone takes a sip from a bottle
Keys
A guy humming
Doors opened
People settling in their seats
Doors closed
Plastic bags

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.