November 5th, 2014
Its cool that you talk about the overall consistency and randomness of the area you were in. In a library, the overall sounds tend to be quieter, and its easier to shut out soft sounds that happen often, even if they are not rhythmic or regular in appearance. Its easy to be surprised by the amount of sound in the area when human brains are so used to ignoring most of them.
I was intrigued by your idea of sound being heightened during the recording. I also found it cool that you were listening to the recording in real-time, as it was recording. Could one make an argument that listening in realtime can change one's expectations from one's sense of sound? In other words, can the weird sensitivity of the mike become a new normal for one's hearing if one is exposed to it for long enough?
Fair point, Amanda. I definitely agree. And Abhishek, that's an interesting question. In my case, the amplified sounds of the mic didn't feel normal for me throughout my recording process. I feel like if I recorded for maybe 40-60 minutes straight I would begin to be unaware of it. That actually has happened to me before when recording sounds on my own time.
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