A COLLABORATIVE POST WITH INTRODUCTION BY IAN HOWARD

 ASSISTANT EDITOR, BOOM BOX POST

A few weeks ago, we sent out our current intern Peter on a field recording challenge to find and capture specific and creative sounds. This week, we will see what our intern Jen found and find out more of her process of recording.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CHOOSE THE LOCATIONS YOU RECORDED AT?

I was inspired to choose a park because I liked the juxtaposition of kids playing and cars driving by to the relaxing sounds of the wind in the trees and the birds chirping. I also chose the metro and the escalator in the metro because the metro in most cities is how people get around. I thought it would be interesting to try and capture the heart of a lot of cities. In the escalator recording you can hear a pulse at one point, which I thought planned out nicely.

WHICH WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING sound TO RECORD AND WHY?

The most challenging to record was the metro because there were people coming and going so often. It was challenging to isolate just the train sound and to time it just right to when it was leaving.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SOUND RECORDED AND WHY?

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I really enjoyed recording the water fountain because to some it might sound just like white noise but i learned that if you attach a sound to an object, our brains automatically associate that sound with that object, regardless if that sound is actually what that object is.

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