global health 323

Edwidge Danticat

In this recording, acclaimed author Edwidge Danticat shares what she describes as "crisis sounds" specific to Haitian culture and Haitian Kreyól. Danticat's novels were key readings in a course on public health and Haiti taught at Duke University in the fall of 2015. Danticat was interviewed by students via Skype during the semester and later contributed this original recording to the Sonic Dictionary to demonstrate some of the unique sounds and expressions associated with her novelistic renderings of Haiti. View the class' exhibit "Sonic Signatures of Trauma in Haiti" here.


Sound recording of successive gun firing.


Sound recording of a newborn child crying at various volumes and frequencies.

Kelli Aibel

A sound recreation of a heart attack - a rapid heart beat followed by the gasp of a woman and subsequent collapse to the floor.

Kelli Aibel, Duke University Student

Sound is reflecting inter-personal abuse through burning.

The Hollywood Edge Sound Effects Library

Sound recording of a metal jail cell door squeaking and clanking with a loud close.


Sound recording of a 64-year-old man with whooping cough who was admitted to a hospital with a presumed asthma exacerbation. His symptoms had worsened during the preceding three weeks and the original video was taken for educational purposes.

YouTube Audio Library

An audio recording of a shovel digging dirt and dumping it into a pile.