Listening Experience

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Rachel Acrich
Mike Crain
Listening Experience 
0. 1. I chose to sit in a train station so I chose the sound of the wheels of the train. The sound of the wheels of the trains running over the tracks is a very steady rhythm. It is constant and calming in its certainty. After sitting for a while, it is a sound that fades into the background if I do not focus on it. This is surprising because it is such a loud, dominant sound.  0. 2. My sound is heard fairly constantly during the day because of the trains always arriving and departing. It grows louder as the trains approach the station and the rhythm slows to a stop.  As one train stops, another one is always about to leave. The engine roars to life and the sound of the wheels on the tracks crescendos as the train picks up speed. The sound slowly fades as the train exits the station.  0. 3. I have heard my sound almost constantly since I have arrived. There are short pauses in between arrivals and departures, but they never last long. The sound follows the pattern of the train schedules and depends on delays and whether or not there is more than one train at a time in the station.  0. 4. I believe that the sound definitely complements the environment. A train station would not be the same without the steady rumble of the wheels running over the tracks and the loud whistle piercing the atmosphere. It provides a constant background noise that brings everything together.  0. 5. My sound most directly identifies the movement of the train and the train itself. It indirectly identifies the sense of travel and the desperate need the Americans have to “get away from here.” The train represents a way to do that and the sound of the wheels echoing off the marble tiles and through the station announces that the train is arriving and near.  0. 6. The train itself symbolized America’s advances in transportation and technology. It enabled our citizens to...
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