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A little more gloomy looking than my normal work, this is my soundscape project for my creative process class. We were able to chose the medium we worked with for this one, so I got to work in my little digital comfort box, but I played with some new things like perspective, limited colour palette and making it a little more abstract.
The project was to illustrate the journey that one of our five senses takes every day when we go to class. I live in a quieter part of the city, and have to travel trough the big noisy, polluted part for classes, and so I wanted to talk about all the sounds and issues I hear everyday. This project is a portion of what will be my big semester-end project so it would be really helpful if you could take a look at it, with sound in mind, and tell me what you think it means before reading the following!
My little cellphone rings to draw me out of bed in the morning and starts my daily adventure. As I walk to my bustop I can hear birds chirping (and crows squawking) and other natural, peaceful sounds. When I get into the city city, sounds become a little different though.
I used the overhead piping as a blanket term to describe the sounds I hear in the city, industrial, mechanical, crowded, busy, cold and harsh sounds. Traffic, crowding of people on the cement side walks, factories, homeless people asking for money and people stepping over them and continuing on their way. The sounds of the city aren't perfect, the city has problems, just like pipes get cracks, but rather than fixing them, we'll put on a pretty patch instead. We wouldn't want it to affect tourism after all.
The sounds of the city are being fed to her though her mechanical headphones, numbingly loud sounds that are so ordinary now they're nothing but white noise, but with one earphone pulled back she listens to the sounds around her as they are.
Artwork © Zara Alfonso