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2 September 2017
( 1.28 pm, Goldens Bridge : in the forest by the reservoir water )

Are the Squirrels coughing?
Do they belch, do they whistle sometimes?
Is it the sound of a swing of their tails?

Are the twigs and branches cracking their knuckles?
Could these be the sounds of little feet as birds perch on the massive trees?
What makes trees shed their barks? Is that what this is?

Maybe it’s the fish – making bubbles underwater
Maybe it’s the water, feeding the algae
Maybe it’s the algae, drowning the dry leaves
Is this what it sounds like when leaves drown in water?

Maybe the ants are racing
Or maybe it is raining tiny acorns
Are the pebbles just trying to fit in?
It can’t be the sound of my thumbs typing on my phone screen, right?

What does the forest sound like when I’m not here?
What does it sound like when I am?

Note: There is a very small sound – it is in abundance in this forest. I am trying to figure out what this sound could be…

Soundtstories is a personal exercise that helps me document the world through sounds alone. The task I give myself is to listen to (and record) sounds chronologically but omit conversations.

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28 December 2016
( 2.13 pm, by the waterfront )

A train on the bridge
The river on its bank
A bicycle
Some footsteps
A train approaching from afar
That sheet of paper, resisting the wind
The aluminum in the bicycle again
A train
A horn
The leaves and the wind
The river splashes on the rocks
More footsteps
A stroller
Another train on that bridge

Soundtstories is a personal exercise that helps me document the world through sounds alone. The task I give myself is to listen to (and record) sounds chronologically but omit conversations.

27 December 2016
( 8.03 pm, in Bobst Library )

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Soundtstories is a personal exercise that helps me document the world through sounds alone. The task I give myself is to listen to (and record) sounds chronologically but omit conversations.

14 August 2016
( 2.13 am, on the roof at home )

The crackling air conditioner
The humming aircraft far away
A whirring car on the street
Doors letting people astray
Footsteps on the stairs
Flickering honks here and there
The rhythmic train begins to halt
An insect, ticking like a clock
Clouds dampen the remnants of fireworks
Fluttering sounds of motorcycles in an array
The crackling air conditioner
The humming aircraft far away


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 August 2016
( 5.40 pm, at work )

Metal against a glass top
Footsteps on the floor
Staple gun on paper
A thin leaf of plastic pushing against itself
A sneeze accompanied by another
Fingers on the keyboard
Dragging footsteps on the same floor
Keys on that wooden table
The absent object in the metal drill
Bicycle in the elevator
A person on a chair
The resonating honk in air

Note: This is the first time since soundstories began that I decided to actively explore material relationships that are imperative to the perception of sound objects.

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.

29 July 2016
( 6.44 pm, in an aircraft to Detroit – waiting for takeoff )

The aircraft’s accelerating engine
All objects suddenly trembled
Someone plugged in their seat belt
The sound of another aircraft taking off
Engine sounds become more consistent
The sound of impatience
Plastic candy wrappers
The chair squeaked ever so slightly as the person in front of me shifted
The aircraft is speeding up now
The person next to me snores
More squeaking chairs with more squeaks per second
My neighbor’s snores are now stronger
He stopped
A shrill sound of someone’s armrest being adjusted
The engine still in monotone
Still waiting

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.

20 July 2016
( 5.32 am, in my room )

The sound of my Table Fan

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.