Melissa Houghton

This sound was captured from the elevator in the lobby of Duke Children’s Hospital. The clip includes the sounds of elevator buttons being pressed, the bell when the elevator arrives, the doors opening and closing, and the whirring of the cables as the elevator accelerates upwards. Patients and caregivers use this elevator every day. While the elevator ride is likely not a memorable part of any hospital visit, it is a simple common experience shared by many who pass through the hospital lobby. Recorded using a zoom recorder.

Victoria Wang
Sujata Kishnani

A conversation is heard between a health-care provider (Woman 1) and a visitor (Woman 2) in an elevator going from the main floor to the fourth floor. The mechanical sounds of the elevator can be heard in the background before the conversation begins. Without active conversation or other noise, this is a commonly-heard sound. In the crowded elevator, the two women discuss a mutually-known patient; the visitor recognizes the health-care provider and initiates a conversation. They discuss their shared recognition of the patient, but Woman 2 does not say the patient’s name due to adherence to the HIPAA “Privacy Rule.” Woman 1 agrees immediately, responding with, “right.” This illustrates a common interaction between visitors of patients and health-care providers.

Victoria Wang
Sujata Kishnani

A custodian fiddles with his keys as he waits for the elevator to arrive. We stand in a crowded waiting area for an elevator; there are many elevators in this area. A pre-recorded male voice announces: “Floor 1, going up.” The custodian plays music aloud from his phone as he enters the elevator. This recording portrays the everyday lives of those who may not be receiving nor directly giving care, but who facilitate the overall flow and cleanliness of a hospital. A woman in the elevator exclaims, “Beautiful!” The woman’s exclamation demonstrates the multiplicity of emotion and experience in the hospital. This interaction signifies the diversity of interactions that one may experience in a hospital setting.

Anna Lackey

This is the sound of an elevator button being pushed, the elevator arriving, and a mechanized female voice saying "going up". 

This sound recording was made on the 16th floor of the Millennium Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Naomi Dickerson

This is a recording of myself taking an elevator ride from the second floor of the 8th Street South Dorms to the first floor. This recording was taken at 8:15p.m. on a Tuesday night. No one else was on the elevator. This recording was taken on an IPhone 8+.

Benjamin Cohen

Sound recording from the lobby of Georgia Tech's Love Manufacturing Building, a multipurpose space filled with both labs and lecture halls, around midday on Friday, just after a class change, where many students and faculty were moving through the space. Recorded on a Google Pixel 2. 

Katherine Nash

Elevator ride up in a dorm elevator. Elevator goes up three floors. Two dinging noises occur when the elevator goes up the first two floors and a final different dinging noise occurs as the elevator doors open. Recorded on a Zoom H1 recorder.

Ellie Pasquale

Sound recording of an elevator being ridden from the second floor to the first floor of Randolph residence hall on Duke University's East Campus. Recorded on a Zoom H4N.

Allen Zhou

Sound recording of an elevator operating. Recorded on an iPhone 5.