Similar to what Lauren B. has already commented on in her sound journal, I was pretty surprised myself at the variety of sounds that appeared around me. I was expecting this to be a fairly difficult assignment, since I’m more accustomed to taking in information visually rather than audibly, but if you actually sit down and listen in silence, there tends to be a lot going on. While a lot of sounds are definitely artificial, it became a bit easier to pick up on what sounded natural versus what was caused by something manmade, and I was also somewhat surprised to discover that it was fairly easy to pick up on the synthesized instruments from my neighbors’ music, something that I would otherwise have considered to be natural woven into a particular song. Certain sounds were definitely more interesting than others based on the variations that could be found in the sounds themselves – car tires on wet pavement and the sound of a train horn were the ones that provided the most interesting and most difficult descriptions for me, since I know what they are but simply saying “car tires on wet pavement” doesn’t describe what I was actually hearing. Getting at the root of sounds and hearing them for what they are is difficult business, especially in situations where there was a steadier sound (like a ticking clock) more obvious, or human conversation which I was generally trying to ignore in favor of the other sounds that were happening around me.