As always, we started at the music building fountain.
We made our way past the art building where they were having an event with loud music and food. After the walk, someone shared that they were listening carefully and intentionally to the song lyrics being played, whereas normally they would have just registered it as a background sound.
Once we got out of range of the music, it was so, so quiet. I could hear my own footsteps so clearly on this walk simply because there weren’t as many other sounds to compete with.
To another fountain.
Across grass. My own steps.
Swish swish swish swish.
Clothing was also louder too. (A strange sentence to read, I know.) Clicks from the zipper of my jacket. Whooshing from someone’s pants as they walked.
Down many flights of stairs to the bottom level of a building. Concrete. Cold. Elevator ding. Doors opening. People talking. Elevator ding. Doors closing.
Up the stairs.
We ended in the garden again, and as we were finishing up our discussion, some birds flew overhead. It was quiet enough that you could hear their wings flapping. And it was LOUD.
One thing that multiple people have commented on when doing their first soundwalk with us is how nice it is not having to make conversation, to not have to talk with anyone. If you’re also a fan of not talking to people, come to our next walk!
March 7, 2018
5:40 - 6:00pm
Until next time!