Sound and Memory: Sketches

To first understand how perception of sound and memory of that sound, our team began to take walks around the Northeastern University area, near Ruggles Station. We then traced our path on an aerial map and recounted when we remember certain sounds sources being perceivable and which weren’t.

We then took a survey of patrons currently inside and sonically-removed from Ruggles Station and asked them what they heard:

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Interesting to note that people inside Ruggles Station only picture themselves near the transportation they arrive to the station on most frequently. However, we only interview people in the passageway, of which most of our sound experiments with Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger took place. People are able to hear a variety of sounds in Ruggles, yet they aren’t committed to memory as easily as the sounds of transportation devices.

Further, we continued our introspection studies to draw what we called a “sonic chamber” or the perceived volume of space that a sound is contained within. Over top of our spatial mental model of Ruggles, each of us drew chambers for different sound sources we remembered from our day prior in Ruggles. The result is a perspective of space that is created by perception of sound.


The overlap and lack of overlap allowed us to analyze space in a way that permitted sonic interventions that would not interrupt accessibility needs of those patrons who depend on sonic stimuli.

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