FILL pages 4 – 7 of your sound journal
with the following:
1. Write about the sounds you hear when you wake up in the morning.
Describe the sounds.
2. Try to represent these sounds and their relationships visually.
3. Write briefly about the Weekly Listening.
Compare the recordings and think about them in relation to your own listening experience.
Here are a few possibilities to consider:
- What was the first sound you hear when you woke up?
- How much time will you take to listen for this exercise?
- Is there a difference in the way you hear sounds in the morning?
- How do you describe what you hear?
- Do you use onomatopoeia?
The fan overhead went scrack scrack scraaaacccckkkkk.
Grover Washington’s saxophone went buhooomu-hoooooooom….
Thra-gooooom! Gluglugluglug went the toilets….
And then the tuckatuckatuckatuckatuckatucka [of spoons beating ice cream cups] began.
– Tom Wolfe
A Man in Full
- Do you create a narrative description of sounds?
Is it written like a story?
A news article?
And now have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses? now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well too. It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.
- Edgar Allen Poe
The Tell-tale Heart
- Is it written like a poem?
Does it rhyme?
Do you use rhythm?
Do you use alliteration?
- Animal sounds in different cultures: Have a look at the tremendous variation between cultures in the way they describe animal sounds.
- Literary Terms – Via CUNY English instructor Lilia Melani
The Sounds of Morning
Many of you mentioned your alarm clocks in your journals. And some of you expressed a desire that the sounds that you hear in the morning could have a better quality. How about waking up to silence?
The Silent Alarm Clock (pictured above) was built by the sound artist Max Neuhaus in 1979 to awake the sleeper with silence. It’s a device emitting a continuous tone slowly increasing in volume until it suddenly stops at the appointed time, thus awaking the sleeper. It’s not the subtle sound that actually awakes, but its disappearing.