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Nassau Island, Bahamas: Surf & Cleft in Rock, Love Beach. March 2016

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Auburn, Maine: Dad Starting the Lawn Mower and Mowing the Lawn. May 2016

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Mount Desert Island, Maine: Acadia National Park, Hadlock Brook, RunningWater. May 2016

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Auburn, Maine: Rain On Porch Roof, Traffic On Gamage Avenue, Dawn Birdsong. May 2016

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Washington, DC: Metro Center, Escalator Descending to Track, Arriving Train. June 2016

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Brooklyn, New York: Thunderstorm, Passing Trucks, Barking Dog, Street Sounds. June 2016

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Queens, New York: Old Montefiori Cemetery Soundscape including Birds, Jets on Approach to JFK and the City's Din in Distance. June 2016

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Sandy Hook, NJ: Sandy Hook Beach Park Rolling Surf, Conversations, Passing Prop Planes. July 2016

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Brooklyn, NY: Trimming pages of an artist book with a razor and straight edge; in the background one can hear the ticking of a Chelsea clock in the studio and passing thunderstorm (and traffic) outside the open windows, July 2016

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Brooklyn, NY: Another thunderstorm rolling through; thunder, rain on window and traffic below. July 2016

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Long Beach Island, NJ: A sprinkler in a duet with the surf: Man vs Nature, or something like that. July 2016

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Long Beach Island, NJ: Back porch shower. July 2016

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Paris, France: Chatter of the crowd viewing Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum. August 2016

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Paris, France: A request for silence over the PA system at Notre Dame Cathedral and the ensuing "silence" in the church. August 2016

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London, England: The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace recorded from among the throngs watching the spectacle. August 2016

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London, England: Children playing in a fountain. August 2016

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Edinburgh, Scotland: Firing of the 1pm gun at Edinburgh Castle, and the crowd's reaction. August 2016

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Inveraray, Argyll, Scotland: Walking a one quarter circuit of the Inveraray Castle Garden gravel paths. August 2016

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New York City: Passers by walking up and down the south stairwell in the lobby of the New York Public Library. September 2016

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New York City: After enjoying the sun on the lawn of Bryant Park, I walked up 6th Avenue and then across 44th Street to meet a friend for lunch. In the middle I stopped to get some cash--you never can tell which restaurant will be cash only. September 2016

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Seoul: Small video arcades seemed to have popped up all over Hongdae since my last visit to Seoul. I took a few minutes to let the sounds of one of the larger ones wash over me. November 2016

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Seoul: Outside my mother in law's apartment is the constant din of the Gangbyeon Expressway. Even 20 floors up the noise is an unceasing presence. This is the sound of the expressway from directly beneath it; the cars blend into a single constant droning wind. November 2016

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Seoul: I love the auditory, olfactory and visual textures to be found in small markets. On this visit to Seoul, Ji and I discovered Mangwon Market. This fish monger's call caught my ear. November 2016

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Seoraksan: Not far from the entrance to Seoraksan National Park is Sinheungsa, a Buddhist temple. Just down the slope from the temple is a small but lively stream coursing over a rocky bed. It gurgles and bubbles beneath the ravens cawing in the trees above. November 2016

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Seoul: "Light Chamber" by Jang Jaeil and Jang Minseung is a beautiful installation piece currently on view at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul as part of "Void". While the piece itself is beautiful, I was drawn to the way its cleanliness made me aware of the drone of visitors in other rooms or footsteps through the space. Even my own breathing became an intrusion into the space created by the artwork. November 2016

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Seoul: At the tail end of the Naksan section of the Seoul City Wall walk, Ji and I took a minute to sit and listen to the wind rustling through the brush in an overgrown lot and the birds calling to one another. It's always nice to find these moments of quiet in the bustle of the busy city. December 2016

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Seoul: A couple of days before heading to Seoul in November 2016 I was shooting a mock trial event in New York City. Several of the teams had come from Korea to compete. Curious what these young people thought I ought to see and do while there, I asked them. One of the young men suggested, without hesitation: "Do you know Gwanghwamun? Go there to see the protests." So I made time to see the protests; to see what this student thought it important that I see to gain greater understanding of his country. December 2016

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East London, South Africa: This is a snippet of a cultural performance I went to in East London, South Africa while on a study abroad program in that country 15+ years ago. I present it here without any interpretive bias--one might just as easily listen to it as simply a musical performance or criticize various problematic cultural aspects. March 2001

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Mexico City: Walking through Mexico City recently, Ji and I came upon what at first sounded like a drumming circle--like what forms in Prospect Park here in Brooklyn most weekends. Getting closer, it became clear that the drumming was part of a larger happening. At its center was a mandala like offering, surrounded by drummers surrounded again by dancers in a varying mixture of indigenous costumes. While there were spectators, the performance was clearly independent of them. It was more like a religious service. It made me think of the performance I saw in South Africa over fifteen years ago and consider questions of cross-cultural understanding: How do I as an outsider understand this? Is this "real"? What does that question even mean? What biases am I bringing to my experience? What biases do I create or confirm in sharing this experience? Why does that tourist manically taking hundreds of photographs make me feel uncomfortable? Why can't I just enjoy this for the sensory experience that it is? February 2017

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Mexico City: In Alameda Central, the park beside the Palacio Bellas Artes, there is a wonderful fountain with jets of water that children and young people frolic in and around. Listening to their laughter I remembered standing before another fountain, this one in London, with children laughing as they ran in and out of the splatter of water. February 2017

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Mexico City: Walking around the late night streets of Mexico City, Ji and I came upon the open window of a boxing gym. The window was just above eye level, and I peaked my recorder over its lip. The sound of boxing gloves hitting the bag mingled with the sound of traffic on the street behind us. February 2017

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Mexico City: Where ever I travel I always stop in the local cathedral and light a candle for my grandmother. While doing this at the Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México, I paused to record the organ being played. My grandmother played the organ. February 2017

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New York: The Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library was reopened to the public not long ago after extensive restorations. Lately I've taken to stopping in between meetings to catch my breath and get a bit of reading in. On this visit I was reading Nicholas Mirzoeff's "How to See the World." January 2017

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Washington, DC: As we came to the end of our tour of the The Hirschhorn's Kusama Show, curator Mika Yoshitake sat down at the worn piano in "The Obliteration Room" and played a few bars. May 2017

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Washington, DC: Visiting the Infinite Kusama show at the Hirschhorn, I was struck more powerfully than I expected to be by the Infinity Rooms and other works. While Ji took pictures of she and I in the rooms, I recorded the works with my homemade "light-mics". This recording includes Kusama's "The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away", "Love Forever", "Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots" and "Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity". May 2017

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Yellowstone National Park: This is one of my earliest field recordings. At the time I was thinking more about the video I was recording, but this piece of audio made me consider the audio as something complete in and of itself. It is also one of the first recordings I made in a national park focusing on a crowd rather than on a pristine ambient sound-scape. It's amazing the things that we say as we're looking at scenes of wonder. August 2001.

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico: As I stood on the balcony overlooking the courtyard of the San Cristobal de las Casas' Center Textiles del Mundo Maya and listening to church bells (and other museum visitors' chatter) drifting through the still air of the courtyard, fireworks began going off in a neighborhood a couple of blocks away as part of festival celebrations. July 2017.

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Mexico City: Lately protests seem to be everywhere. While giving my folks a whirlwind tour of the Central neighborhood in CDMX, we came across this labor march. Not wanting to get caught up in the large crowd, I stayed only for a moment to watch and was struck by the tone of seriousness, sobriety and solemnity. It felt quite different than the protests I've seen recently in Seoul and the US. August 2017.

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Lanesville, MA: As I was sitting on the Lanesville Cove breakwater recording the surf crash into and gurgle out of its stones, the wind was causing an annoying rumble on the recordings. Looking for some way to use the wind, I clipped a pair of JrF contact mics to a guy wire running from an electric pole to the breakwater. August 2017.

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It's been a long summer of family activities. My wife and I have been the de facto center of family activity for various reasons. While on a family trip to Gloucester, MA, I managed to get away from the hubbub with a short walk alone down to the Lanesville Breakwater. The sound of surf is always relaxing, and the addition of the gurgle of the water exiting the breakwater and the various echoes between its stones only enhanced the surf's mesmerizing effect on me. (This is one of the recordings noted above.) August 2017.

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Brooklyn, NY: This was meant to be a simple test. I was comparing the "stereo-ness" of a pair of Lom Usi Pro microphones attached to my new Sound Devices MixPre-3 to the internal mics of a Sony PCM-D100. After doing the comparison I fiddled with the MixPre-3's settings and hit record before heading out the door to run an errand. I'd probably never sit and listen to the sounds of my neighborhood for a long stretch, but that's exactly what I did when I came back: listened raptly to the entire 15 minute recording. August 2017.

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Brooklyn, NY: A couple days shy of the 5th anniversary of super storm Sandy, we had quite a day of rain and wind here in Brooklyn. I tacked my contact mics onto my AC unit and recorded the drumbeat of rain on its grill. Behind the rain, the reverberations of everyday city activity--trucks, sirens, the subway--can be heard as a subtle background. October 2017.