The Movements of Sound

I currently live in a studio apartment in Westwood with my sister and another roommate. So one thing that I have noticed is that there is constantly some kind of sound or noise happening in the apartment. Whether it is the microwave, the food sizzling on the stove, the kettle heating up, or the clicks of the keyboards on our computers, there is always some kind of noise or rhythm everyday. I took a recording of the microwave heating up my oatmeal, of my sister typing on her computer, and the sound of the flickering of my candle. What drew me to these noises and patterns is that they are simple sounds that occur in everyday life. These sounds are not ones that would necessarily cause any disruptions to daily life, such as being a distraction when studying, but if I was trying really hard to focus then some of these noises could potentially disrupt that focus. These simple noises like the microwave or kettle have actually woken up from these sounds coming from daily appliances. I chose these particular sounds because they are especially distinct. Similar to how we have visual and smell memories, I believe we have auditory memories as well. If anyone hears the sound of someone typing on the keyboard they would most likely be able to recognize it. The microwave, although also distinct, can be similar to other noises or other machines with a similar “hum”. The sound of my candle flickering may be more difficult to distinguish but one may be able to point out that it sounds like a fire or something similar. The nature of sounds and vibrations are truly fascinating and they are a constant occurrence in human life. Almost everything we are aware of contains some kind of noise or rhythm, and one of the most interesting things that I personally became aware of in lecture is the idea of movement and sound almost go hand in hand. Every noise either results in movement or is caused by movement. A heart beat causes the flow of blood through our bodies, the motion of a flame creates the flickering noise, movement of our fingers pressing down on the keyboard creates the familiar clicking noise, the rotational movement of the motor in the microwave creates a humming noise. The way that I imagine the motion of sound is similar to the way string instruments work. Each of the sounds I recorded are significantly different and are caused by very different types of motions and interactions with their surrounding environments. Disrupting the strings create distinct sounds, similar to how a movement would disrupt the natural flow of air around the origin of the sound and thus produces a specific noise. No two noises are the same, even listening to the keyboard sound, every button that is pressed makes a unique sound no matter how subtle. Being able to visual sound this way opens up a whole new side of art that I personally never have thought of before. Every sound and rhythm is unique resulting from unique motions and vibrations in the surrounding environment.