2B: Sound Sourcing (Mitsuko)


  • Sound 1: A soft high-pitched noise that crescendos and then quickly stops. This crescendo keeps repeating. Along with this sound is a conglomerate of low-pitched sporadic sounds. 2. The high-pitched noise gives off an eerie quality. The repetition of this sound makes it more approachable, but still not comforting.
  • Sound 2: There is a lot of movement in this sound. A bunch of bead-like, low-pitched sharp noises are happening sporadically. 2. I sort of enjoyed this sound, as it reminded me of a car driving over a dirty, rocky road.
  • Sound 3: This sound is very loud and harsh. It is an ongoing busy rustling noise. 2. This sound reminds me of excess noise, and is very static-like. The noise was very annoying.
  • Sound 4: This noise is a medium-pitched ongoing static-like rustling noise. It is continuous in both pitch, volume, and timbre. This sound is similar to the last sound in that it is annoying and overbearing. It is an unfriendly sound. 
  • Sound 5: This sound consists of sporadic high-pitched, sharp, quick electronic sounds.  Each shot of sound had a slightly different timbre, yet they were all very similar. When the spurts of sound would disappear, there was only silence. Therefore, these noises were very unexpected. 2. This noise took me by surprise. Each time one of the spurts of noise attacked, it was shocking, yet exciting. 
  • Sound 6: This sound contained a lot of movement of numerous short medium-pitched spurts. The timbre is cold and sharp. These spurts of sounds are at random but also ongoing. 2. This sound reminds me of a bunch of little rocks or claps. It is soothing to listen to, as the sound is not overbearing.
  • Sound 7: This sound is loud and full. There are elongated rough, deep pitches of sound. 2. The sounds seem full yet empty at the same time. Maybe the space in which the sound is, is very large. The timbre of the sound is dark and distances me from the sound. I feel very disconnected with this sound.
  • Sound 8: This sound is medium in volume and somewhat high-pitched. It is a rough continuous piercing sound. 2. This sound is very harsh to listen to. It is unsettling and disturbing.
  • Sound 9: This sound is continuous yet it transforms. It starts off very low-pitched and then gets higher as it goes on. It stays however with this circular motion of sound. 2. This sound was very soothing. It wasn’t harsh to listen to as some of the other sounds. I felt the timbre was soft and therefore somewhat calming to listen to.
  • Sound 10: This sound is very loud and high-pitched. It is a very continuous static-like sound. These static noises are very rapid and have a bite to them. 2. I saw red when I heard this sound, as it was very harsh and had a violent-like quality.
  • Sound 11: This sound is very quiet and low-pitched. It is a constant low buzzing or beeping noise. 2. This sound reminds of some sort of machinery. The noise is very electronic sounding.
  • Sound 12: This sound has a lot of movement. It has varying pitches and amplitudes. Multiple kinds of sounds are moving around at once, causing a full timbre. 2. This sounds like a bunch of items colliding or mixing together in some sort of machine. All of the noises combined create a soothing atmosphere. 
  • Sound 13: This sound is transformative. The sound moves from very high to low pitched very rapidly. It goes back and forth from high to low pitched repeatedly; creating a very bright timbre. 2. This sound is nostalgic, as it makes me feel like I am on a children’s ride.
  • Sound 14: This sound is very low-pitched and has a soft timbre. It is continuous with some sporadic higher pitched noises. 2. This sound is very familiar and therefore easy to listen to.


When describing these sounds the first obvious qualities were the pitch and volume. However, each sounds’ timbre helped me a lot when describing them. I was looking for what kind of movement the sounds created. I was looking at if the sounds were repetitive or irregular, and continuous or sporadic. A sound quality that kept reappearing in some of the sounds such as sounds 3 and 4 was this rough timbre. Both sounds had this sort of scratch-like, white noise like quality that created a rustling. They were also both on-going and did not vary.


Knowing the sound sources would have allowed me to envision the movement of the sounds better. For instance I had no idea sound 12 was a waterfall. Knowing it was a waterfall, gave me a better understanding of how the sound was traveling and onto what objects. It allowed me to contextualize the sound. However, for the swing, sound 13, if I had known that it was a swing, I would have gotten too distracted by the image of a swing. It was much easier to not know the source; so that I could better focus on the sounds themselves.  


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