2/19/2012, 3:00–3:30 pm, Back deck of my house
Variation 1: Focus on snowmobiles behind my house
-Loud roaring of engine, pops of the engine during acceleration, hollering of stopped driver yelling over the sleds noise.
Variation 2: Focus on the wind blowing the trees in my back yard -Whistling of a tea kettle boiling, whooshing of fast cars driving by, snapping a twig in two
Summary: As I sat on my back deck I found it hard to concentrate on one sound. As I was paying attention to the snowmobiles I struggled ignoring the sound of the wind blowing.
2/21/2012, 11:30-11:45am, Restaurant
Variation 1: Focus on dishwasher
-Running water, crashing waves, glasses tinging, music form radio, cook singing, beeps
Variation 2: Focus on waitress
-Scratches of pencil on paper, paper crunching, voices, plates clanging together, silverware scraping on plates
Summary: When I was listening to the waitress, I tried to block out voices and concentrate on the sounds surrounding. Compared to listening at my house, everything at the restaurant was in a faster motion. I had to concentrate more to pick up on all of the sounds.
2/23/2012, 7:30-7:50 pm, Living room
Variation 1: Focus on cats clawing into couch
-Plucking of threads, fast scratching, mom yelling “STOP,” crackle of fire
Variation 2: Focus on fire in other room -Whooshing of air, sizzles, wood snapping, pop, crackling
Summary: The sounds I was trying to listen to at my house seamed so quiet at first because I was so used to them. After a while of paying close attention to my cats scratching on the furnisher I could hear the fabric ripping. Our fire always seemed to be a background noise, but I never real heard all of the sounds it makes.
2/25/2012, 2:45 -3:10pm, Bedroom
Variation 1: Focus on roommates in other room
-Banging of drums, twang of guitar, crunching of food, cackling of voices, clock ticking, voices laughing
Variation 2: Focus on Clock Ticking in Room
-Tick of clock, roar of washer & dryer, voices, walls crackling
Summary: I tried to block out the music in the other room while listening to my roommates, but it was so over powering I had to concentrate on it. With all of the sounds constantly changing, the ticking of the clock was always kept the same rythem.