These short audio segments are excerpts from the three sequences used in reactivated listening sessions (see chapter 3). They constitute a sonic representation of each location, based on previous interviews and several hours of recordings.
To listen to each excerpt, click on their title. They each
last about 35 sec, and are compressed (.mp3 mono) versions
of the original files.
First excerpt: Café Calabria
This first sequence consists of one continuous excerpt,
selected for its wide variety of sound signals and the
progressive modification of the sound environment. It
represents a typical busy afternoon at Café Calabria. Male
voices with European accents, Mediterranean-style music and
various noises from cashiers and kitchen can be heard. The
only element that was added in postproduction is a short
joyful vocal interaction between two Italian males, used to
provide an additional hint concerning the location of the
Second excerpt: Grandview Park
This sequence is made up of four different recordings,
transparently mixed to provide an overview of the main
sound signals that can be heard in Grandview Park during a
sunny afternoon. While traffic can be heard in the front,
other quieter sounds from inside the park (notably kids
playing, musicians, voices and birds) remain audible and
provide a somewhat hi-fi environment.
Third excerpt: The markets
Sounds from two different markets (Santa Barbara and
Norman’s Fruit and Salad) were combined to create
this third sequence. Binaural microphones were used to
facilitate listeners’ orientation. The sequence
presents a spatially contrasting sound environment, with
loud traffic noise coming from the back and a large variety
of quieter sound signals moving in the front. Fleeting
discussions, cashiers’ noises and handling of fruit
and boxes can be distinguished behind the loud and cyclical
noise of traffic.