This sound recording is a simulation of a doctor’s pager going off. The pager sound is really important in the healthcare system as it is how a doctor is notified of an important call. While pagers allow doctors to connect with new patients the sound can be disruptive to communication with current patients. The pager reaches out, calling for practitioners, emergency responders, or anyone who can provide immediate and satisfactory assistance for those in need pulling them away from the work they were doing at the time. Hearing the sound of a pager as a patient can highlight the urgency of their health circumstances, as the incessant sound reminds them of the hospital setting they are in. The number of patients a doctor is responsible for decreases the care they are able to give individually. The pager represents the inability of a doctor to give their full attention to a single patient, leading to an inevitable barrier between the two.
The following sound was recorded inside a supposedly "quiet room" in Georgia Tech campus at 20:45. The sounds of talking and keyboards being used are really easily heard, which makes one question the effectiveness of this "quiet room". It was recorded with an iPhone 6.
The creaking noise made by the pushing of the automatic handicap button for the women's restroom. Recorded on an Iphone 6 on a normal afternoon in a campus library.
Recorded in Virginia Commonwealth University Student Commons. Sitting at a table on the upper level of the food court. Approximately twenty feet away from the chic fil a counter. Many people are present in the commons on this day.
As I drive through the city of Rochester, NY, there are a few streets in which the radio signal from Jazz 90.1 encounters interference from a competing radio frequency. This recording captures the disruption in sound from one station to the other. In the resultant cacophony, the primary radio signal diminishes in quality and strength as the secondary signal interjects in irregular pulsations. The primary source does not disappear altogether; however, there is no clarity once the signal is disrupted. This recording also captures the sound of the turn signal and engine noise as a result of driving during the recording. Such found objects put the recording of the radio into a familiar context - driving and listening to the radio.
Following the spoken "fire!" command, four successive canon shots can be heard. All four are loud, reverberating bangs, with quick, silent breaks in-between. Recorded from real canons in historic Williamsburg on an IPhone 5.
A thirty second recording of piano playing on a Monday afternoon in the Brown Residence common room on East Campus, at Duke University. A track with a main focus on a casual amateur piano improvisation, running parallel to the general noise of a busy, shared, closed college environment. Recorded on an iPhone 5s, which was placed on the right side of the piano player throughout the duration of the recording.
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.