Almira Zaky

Sound recording of me swishing my plastic water bottle around. Recorded on an H4n Zoom Recorder.

Almira Zaky

Sound recording of me shaking my vitamins, 30 mg zinc tablets. Recorded on an H4n Zoom Recorder.

Tahmid Kazi

Sound recording of a zipper on a jacket being zipped up and down. Recorded on iPhone 7+

Reema Idris

In this sound, it is the sound of clapping hands. When clapping hands, it brings a sense of accomplishment or happiness towards someone who has earned it. When someone accomplishes their achievements, for example, an African American musicians, once they are finished with their performance, clapping at the end of each performance was a type of accomplishment they gave themselves and a type of joy knowing that the audience enjoys their art just as they do.

Orion Chamber Orchestra

The definition of a melody is a sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying. Melody is built upon many concepts, such as rhythm, shapes, color, timbre, etc. In this case, the melody is passed around the diferent parts of the ensemble. First off, the background has the 8th note part on the Violoncello and the high voices take the melody with the quarter note motion. The shape of each part of the melody keeps moving upward, depending on the key. After that, the violins take the 16th note part and pass the emphasis on melody to the rest of the ensemble. Winds play strong downbeats, along with the lower voices of the strings.

Orion Chamber Orchestra

Modulation is when the music changes from one key to another. For this example, the main attraction is the string section (Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass). This segment of the movement starts in D major and moves to D minor, with a slight movement into F Major. The key modulation can sometimes happen with changes in tempo, dynamics, melodic shapes, rhythm structure, etc. For this excerpt, the rhythm is very busy within the mid voices of the strings and some accent variatons on the high voices. Because it is the finale, it's common to end the piece strong with a statement and in this case, it also involves a subtle variation to create tension and release with the key modulation. With that in mind, the dynamic ceiling changes as well. When it's in the major key, the sound's very powerful and moving, while the minor key presentes a more subtle and quiet, yet moving section of the piece.

Mary Zhang; Peter Luo

Sound recording of walking on ice. Walker wearing casual flat-soled sneakers walking on ice formed on dirt in neighborhood park. Recorded with Zoom H4N recorder.

Brett Lardaro

The sound of a small car driving by on W. Markham Avenue bordering Duke University around 2:00pm. I stood still and held my recorder, an iPhone 6, at my waist while standing on the sidewalk next to the street as the car drove past me.

Mingxuan Zha

Sound of opening and closing an umbrella in Randolph dorm on Duke University East Campus. With careful listening, the material, kind and use of this umbrella can be predicted. Recorded on a Zoom H4n.

Mingxuan Zha

Sound of pulling up and releasing down window blinds by hand in Randolph dorm on Duke University East Campus. With careful listening and knowledge of mechanics, the listener is able to predict the direction of blinds movement. Recorded on a Zoom H4n.