Sound Calendar of the Year 2018

“Sound Calendar of the Year” (Ecology Sound Calendar) Conceived by Jin Hi Kim

SCY Project Info Sound Samples Sound Mix Articles

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Date Name Sound Category Location Why Recorded What Happened During Recording Images
Nov 1 Marc Esposito
shattering cement
Brooklyn, NY Are construction and loud urban sounds normalized ?

Standing on the suspended M subway station platform in the late morning, I listened to these construction workers shatter cement with industrial drills. I was surrounded by a crowd of people waiting for the subway. no-one seemed to pay attention to this clearly loud noise - were they not disturbed ? have these sounds become accepted ? and would that be good or bad?

Hanoi street traffic noise
Hanoi, Vietnam extraordinary crazy traffic stream There is no traffic light at the intersection. Flocks of motocycles and motobikes are crossing through between automobiles.
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Nov 5 Jin Hi Kim
dawn in downtown Detroit
Detroit, MI at 6am city is waking up Downtown Detroit is very quite as the city currently has a small population. I noticed a flock of birds waking up across the Westin hotel. It was a wonderful surprize to be able to hear this intense chirping in the central downtown of the city.
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Nov 9 Youtube
Camp Fire in Paradise
Paradise, California The most destructive fire in state history and one of the deadliest. The Camp Fire forced the evacuation of residents in Paradise as dry and high winds pushed the fire to the town causing almost homes and businesses to burn. The Camp Fire has scorched more than 113,000 acres of Northern California.
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Nov 11 ABC7
Drove through flames
Malibu, California   Rebecca Hackett captures dramatic video driving through flames while fleeing Woolsey Fire.  
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Nov 14 Marc Esposito
Subterrestrial Life
Halsey L Subway Stop, NYC Subways are fascinating. They create networks of life underground and allow for a flow across dense built environments.

There’s something almost alien about these spaces when we realize how people are zooming through the Earth’s crust. While the MTA is antiquated and doesn’t come without its problems, especially on the L subway line, it never ceases to entertain me. I’ve come to appreciate these problems as facts of my commute through tuning into my environment. For example, this deficient light bulb releasing a bizarre zapping noise in a cold subway stop in deep Brooklyn. I only heard this after missing my subway stop, but was delighted to discover this electronic extraterrestrial-like sound, reminding me of the absurdity inherent in moving through this city.

Nov 15 Youtube (via actionkid)
Walking first Snow in NYC
5th Ave. NYC first snow of the season in NYC NYC is rather quiter than usual because of snowstorm. Indeed Icy snow drops can be heard and the cold engine running sounds of buses are noticable.  
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Nov 17 Marc Esposito
High Frequency (white noise)
Programming Exhibit at Whitney Museum, NYC This recording was captured from behind the massive audio-visual installation, from where a funny high-frequency noise caught my attention while walking underneath.

I believe it was an unintentional background sound, emanating from the towering console TVs. It pierced the catchy music in played in front - the main perspective - and was heard among the hum of fans cooling the massive machine from behind. Although it may seem distracting, this frequency brought into focus the multitudes of sounds surrounding the audio-visual installation, which were all a part of how the piece was received today. If you listen closely, you may hear spectators taking selfies with their smartphones next to this archaic technological monolith. This juxtaposition seemed almost ironic in framing technological advancements and revealed the impact of Paik’s work, as the founder of video art and telecommunication pioneer.

Thinking back to the programming theme, this background frequency represents the inadvertent implications of what we produce - and what is replicated across time. Something extraneous may become important, or visa versa, inadvertent technology may “obsolete” and developed into a new platform. All patterns we create – whether it be technological, behavioral, cognitive, etc – have important functions in a specific context and are counterfunctional in others. It’s critical to program, and also essential to be flexible and reprogram what we have set, allowing for learning and giving space for what is new.

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Nov 23 Marc Esposito
Gauging Temperature
Round Valley Reservoir, NJ Can you hear temperature? Or do sonic environments reflect the climate of that place? Recording sound (4:29PM) can be thought of as a method to capture a moment and get a glimpse (or listen) into what was happening at that time.

Temperature is a different sensation than sound, operating on completely different neural pathways. Yet, these sensations combine into a cohesive perception. I find it fun to experiment with the interrelatedness of sensations and how we can challenge accustomed ways of understanding our environment, and hence, our own experience. I challenge you to put yourself in this place – on the rocky brink of a reservoir – through this sound recording to try and discover the temperature then and there...

There was little activity at the reservoir when I took this recording – it was still, the water was placid. I was the only person there as walked on the rocky shore while the sun was setting. I had let the recorder down resting on a stone. When I stood in place, I could hear slight sounds like airplanes soaring at a distance. The scene around me was dormant as it braced for the winter. It was an incredibly cold day – the water was like ice.
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Nov 26 NASA
InSight Lands on Mars
California Institute of Technology launching a two-year mission to detect potential signs of life

Scores of Nasa engineers, project managers and investigators gathered at the California Institute of Technology to watch nervously as the descent took place. But when the announcer said “touchdown confirmed” they jumped to the air, dancing and cheering. As the dust settled two or three minutes later, Insight relayed the first image taken from one of its two cameras. Commentators described the landing as “perfect” and “flawless”.

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