Category: Earshot

City vs Nature: Fuyang Eco Park (Simón)

Linguan’s Fuyang Eco Park is a unique place in Taipei City where many different sounds take place at a same time. Located almost in the outskirts of Taipei, Fuyang Eco Park bring us an auditive experience based on a transition or simply a cohabitation between urban sounds and nature.
A mix of : birds singing / vehicles passing by / frogs croaking / some distant crowds / branches cracking or leaves falling… This could be an aproximate example of Fuyang Park’s “Sound habitat”.

Since the Park is quite big, a clear sound transition can be noticed between the very different parts in which the park is divided.  Going uphill, downhill, crossing the tree tunnels, walking some wide open spaces, crossing some small wetland areas… those are all part of the sound experience in there. Reverberations and echoes which go changing during our course. But probably the most important fact, and related with the title, is the unceasing perception of those urban sounds. I noticed those sounds during the entire course of our hiking and could be represented on my own “sound map” as a continuum, a constant non-stop low frequency hum.

In fact, one of the most interesting things on this trip was the mutation of this hum, which actually became more and more perceptible as a low frequency as long as we were going uphill. Once we reached the top of the hill I could feel that hum on a very perceptible way (it felt even lower than before) and very different than when we were downhill in the beggining of our course. And I think those traffic urban sounds are actually the ones who are telling us that we haven’t left the city and we are on a halfway between pure nature and city. That’s by far the most remarkable feeling for me on this trip.
I think for sure there’s an easy physical explanation for this fact but this time I’ll just keep that feeling when I was there in the hilltop listening carefully and I felt some sound hadn’t even stopped for a single second. That was the sound of the city…

A walk in rainy passage

rainy passage

Dear all,

I’d like to share a recording which I made on a rainy day. At first I was walking along the Roosevelt Road and soon I realized that the traffic noise was too loud. Therefore, I turned into a passage around the Gongguan night market. The sound of rain drew my attention.

The sound changed when raindrops hit on different objects in this area. The flowing sound was recorded near a roof and there was drain attached on it. Then we can hear two striking sound which was from the kitchen of a Thai-food shop. Outside the shop there was a canvas canopy; the rain dopped on it like scattering beads and the pitch became low. A car drove by a puddle. Several people waited the rain letting up. Someone spitted and the sound of rain acted as its background.

Hope you will enjoy it and share your comments.

Che (白哲)

Same space different time (Simón)

During last week I’ve been thinking and thinking about what kind of concept would be suitable to contribute in the blog. One day was already night and I was going back home from NTU after a very long journey. I started to think about the kind of sound atmosphere we can hear at the different hours of the day. The sounds of a place in the morning can differ so much from the sounds we can hear at night. So… I just decided to record a similar lapse of time (2:20 approx.) on a same place but at different time in order to establish the differences between what we can hear on the “crowdy” mornings and what we can hear on the “Silent” nights.
The two tracks I recorded are placed on a food market (not a night market) in Longquan St. (龍泉市場). It’s between Shida Night market (師大夜市) and Roosvelt Road (羅斯福路). The market is actually a narrow “indoor” and long street full of stands. It’s like a long passage/gallery which connects Longquan St. with Roosvelt Rd.. My starting point on both recordings is Longquan St.. Both recordings have obviously the same itinerary (walk from one side of the market to the other).
The main differences between one and another are mainly based on the crowd-less. Can you really feel the night atmosphere on the Track 1? Which differences we can appreciate between Track01 and Track02?
We could make our comments and impressions in the class or just here in the blog.

1. 龍泉市場10pm

2. 龍泉市場11am

*I strongly suggest you to use HEADPHONES for listen to the recordings, so you can appreciate the STEREO effect which is quite realistic. Since the stands were placed on the right and left side of the street/gallery and the mics of the recorder were 90º and 90º you can really experience a little bit the “transporting” effect by closing your eyes.

Peaceful ,Calm sound


hi everyone,

I have a sound to share with.

It’s the sound of my cat purring when its sleeping.

I try to investigate the change of the sound.

The sound is very little at the beginning. and then it starts to become strength.

But it’s rhythm is very peaceful.

This sound make me really comfortable and peaceful.

hope all you like it.

Night sounds of Taiwan (Simón)

Last weekend I made a trip around New Taipei City:
We spent the night on a hotel placed near the mountain inside Shuangxi district. The hotel was almost surrounded by mountains and far from humanity…
People will usually think this must be a complete relaxing sensation. But actually it wasn’t.
When bedtime arrived and after maybe 10 minutes laid on bed I started analizing the sounds around me. The 1st and most notable one was the sound of thousand insects, probably most of them came from Cicadas. I can make sure this sound was like a “sea” of insects and inside this “sound environment”  it was definitely like a bottom or a “continuum” (When I wake up in the next morning the sound still there as if it was a machine playing the sound or just a looper).
The next sound layer, this one was discontinous, was the refrigerator. Like many refrigerators this one only made noise when it was “freezing”.
Next one was the breath of my friends and then the water drops falling from a small tap placed in the garden.
After several minutes analizing this “natural mix” of sounds my mind could perfectly separate each of them individually. Like it was a sound software session I could see each sound displayed like a track. Never had this feeling before.

1st conclusion: The sounds of Taiwan have nothing to do with my country’s sounds.

2nd conclusion: In Even if you go to the country side the environment keeps noisy.

PD:  I had already visited Taiwan’s country side but never paid as much atention as this time to the “soundscape”.
PD2: I missed so much having a recorder on my hand to “catch” such an amazing atmosphere.

Morning sound at gongguan riverside park

During my summer vacation, I had continuously took photos in early morning at different places. I am so into the atmosphere around 4~5 a.m, which it had a vague boundary between dream and reality. You can feel peace and comfort by the chirps of waken bird and bugs.Even the roaming of air conditioner gives a beautiful imagination of harmonious sleep of every sweet dream.
However, when I tried to record the sound at morning, I found that it was a totally different experience compared to photographing. There were actually various sound in morning, such as people who woke up early for jogging, different insects and birds, and speeding car on the street nearby. There were even bicycle riders playing pop music at 6 am in the park.
I had made record of different time in the same morning, and i think it would be fun to listen and compare the differences. Hope you guys would enjoy. :)





Tzu-Ying──Traffic noise under JianGuo Expressway at night

Hello everyone,

Finally I found the way to post article… But there is still a problem with the uploader, it told me that “file type does not meet security guidelines. Try another” and I didn’t know why (I’ve been struggling with it for almost 1.5 hour and I just gave up).  So I used my NTUspace to upload the WMV file, hope the problem will be solved next week…. Please check it here:

If there is any problem, please report it to me ASAP. Thanks a lot!

Last week, I recorded the traffic noise under JianGuo Expressway(建國高架) at 21:00.

The reason why I chose here for my first assignment is the special sound effect of the space under the bridge. The bridge and its piers have created a huge room for sounds to bounce around, making the traffic noise become loud, rich with its echoes. When I stood in such a space with the recorder, the unusually effect made me choose here for my sound recording.

With the speeding cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles, sounds moved with the way they gone. Their echoes drifted behind under the bridge, lingered in the air for a while, then faded away. Before they fade away, another speeding machine roared past, creating a new sound which mingled with the fading ones. For me, the traffic noise here is more complex but interesting than those be heard beside roads and streets. The sounds and echoes running around me, just like in a concert hall, but the semi-open space made the sound disappeared with distance, created a special listening experience.

Hope you enjoy it!


Tzu-Ying Chuang (莊子瑩)

Shing – Water in a Kettle

Sound FIle: water-in-a-kettle
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Hi everyone,

This is Shing Lyu (呂行). Sorry for the late post, I was overwhelmed by deadlines lately.

The sound I recorded is the water moving around in a metal kettle. The kettle can contain 7L of water, and the water is about 1/3 full, so there are plenty room to generate interesting echo.

I find this sound very interesting because every time I move the kettle around, the water will bounce around in the kettle. Since the way I move doesn’t create resonance with the natural standing wave frequecy of the system (water + kettle), so the sound it generate doesn’t have a clear frequency, Sometimes the water will splash so high and create a big sound, some times my movement just canceled the movement of the water body. And pay attention on the echo, the quality of the echo is metallic, which creates a contrast with the water sound. And the small space in the kettle creates a strange feeling of constrained space.

Enjoy and please comment.

Shing Lyu

Cyrielle – Nature at Taroko Gorges

Hello everyone !

This week-end I went to Taroko National Park (east cost of Taiwan) and was really disappointed to not have taken any recorders to share with you this amazing experience of hearing the true sound of nature, far away from Taipei’s noisy life & circulation. Nevertheless, I will try to describe you my experience through these few lines.

Context : We were hiking on the tallest summit of Taroko National Park (more than 3,000m) for almost one hour when we decided to stop to admire the landscape. Everyone was tired, so we all decided to stop talking and listen to “the soundscape”.

Sound: At the beginning, I heard almost anything, only the wind blowing among the trees. It was as if the nature has stopped making noise, waiting for us to leave. But, as we were not moving, insects, birds and animals restarted enjoying their life, i.e. singing, moving on the floor and among the trees. As the fog was really dense, I barely see anything and could concentrate only on what the sounds around me.

At this true moment, I could feel the nature transcending myself, as if it was the master of these mountains and as if it wanted to tell us that no-one could ever  dominate it. The atmosphere was really sooth and I knew in the depth of my spirit that I would never have the time to perceive all its wealth.

Then I thought to Yannick telling during the first class that he spent hours recording hundreds of frogs’ sounds. And from now on, I truly understand the difficulty of its task!

And you, have you ever noticed that, when you go to a forest, it first sounds very quiet but after few minutes, it is really noisy ? What does this inspire to  you ?


Malachi – First Sound

I decided to go into the Library, a place where we’re supposed to be quiet and don’t normally listen to the sounds around us. When I really listened I discovered a large variety of quiet sounds. The turning of pages, the tapping of feet and pens, the clicking of keyboards, the clinking of keys. It was a tiny world of sound I’d never taken the time to listen to before!

NTU Library Sept. 12 2013

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