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Poetry

25 June 2016
( 8 pm, in the garden in Wassaic )

Crickets chirping
A bird hooting
Ping pong ball bouncing off the table
Ben playing the guitar
Electrocution – mosquitoes stuck in their light trap
The persistent ping pong exchange between Carine and Tanmaya
More insects being electrocuted
The sound of an empty trash bag
The hooting bird again

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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24 June 2016
( 5 pm, on my way to Wassaic for the weekend )

The sound of friction
Train cuts through suburban air
Cart doors open
Footsteps
Something that sounds like a toothbrush
Train stopped – breaks
‘trrrrrrnnn trrrrnnn’

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.

21 June 2016
( 1 pm, on the rooftop at work )

Bells ringing rhythmically
The siren from an ambulance
Rustling leaves of the tree above my head
A car honks
The sound of a heavy vehicle speeding
Drilling and hammering
Rustling leaves
Metal
A motorized saw cutting stone?
Fast cars

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.

8 June 2016
( 9.30 pm, At Ella’s place feeding her cat )

Twiggy eating canned tuna, chewing and licking
A truck honks outside
An aircraft flew past
The constant buzzing of the fridge
Someone outside moving heavy furniture
Twiggy purrs for attention
The fridge turned off
Another car outside
Another aircraft
Twiggy meows

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 June 2016
( 2:15 pm, On the ferry to Staten Island )

An inconsistent rumbling of the boat’s engine
The waves in the river contracting and retracting
People mumbling
An announcement
More waves
More engine sounds
Footsteps
A picture was clicked
The rumbling boat
Waves

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 May 2016
( 8:30 pm, In Guttenberg, New Jersey )

A chirping bird
The kids bicycle on the boardwalk tiles
Samarth clapping
It’s that bird again
The sound of the river hitting the shore
More persistent than ever, this bird
A chopper in the sky
An aircraft too
The bird’s versatile chirps
The water, the shore
A speed boat racing across

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.

27 May 2016
( 4:30 pm, At the US Social Security Office in Brooklyn )

The crushing of thin plastic bags
A vacuum cleaner?
Someone’s keys jingling
Someone is moving heavy furniture far away
The lady next to me takes a long exasperating breath
Paper being folded
The security guard sits on a creaking chair
The cry of a baby, slowly fading
The sound of a stapler
A token being printed
Papers
The sound or medicines from someone’s purse
Two people closed their bags’ zippers at the same time
Metal zippers jingling from a purse
Footsteps of the nice security person who walked past me
The chair exhaled as the gentleman in front of me sat down on it
The clicking of a pen
Footsteps of a running child
The main door closes

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.