Sound of the Month

Sound of the Month is a participatory element of the project; one for which we hope you will join us.

Each month, you can listen to a sound on the home page where we invite you to send us your description, definition or audition of that sound. 

This page will host the monthly reveal and publicise some of the listening descriptions.

Your descriptions will help us understand how listening translates into words and communication, and what communal cross overs and shared understandings we can develop from that.

We are looking forward to hearing your words on listening.

Our five February favourites:

Reveal: The February Sound of the Month is a sensor-based stethoscope recording of a lung examination. The first section is characterised by handling noise and heartbeats followed by contact noise as the stethoscope is moved across the back of the patient. At 28 seconds heartbeats and distinct crackling noises can be heard. These crackles or dry, crepitant rales, are said to be caused by the popping open of small airways and alveoli collapsed by fluid exudate or lack of aeration during expiration.

This type of listening is referred to as auscultation; the action of listening to sounds from the heart, lungs, or other organs, typically with a stethoscope, and used to diagnose various medical conditions.

Below are our five favourite interpretations of this sound.

Response: Rich low pitched rumbling, recorder handling noise, mic inside something, placed inside something, in a pocket, a turntable sound, mic inside a mouth perhaps. Internal sounds, bodily sounds perhaps, or sounds close to the body, clothing, the body - a body - is audible. An action, something taking place, movement, an ongoingness. A medical test? An illness in the body? Living, walking perhaps. I assume a human body but there is no reason for this, could be a similar sized creature to a human.

Response: Movement... First, movement of air. Followed by movement of recording device.

Response: A phone microphone pressed against the pregnant belly of a woman, perhaps?

Response: I work in the sound department of the film and television industry, so this may bias my response. To me it sounds like a lav mic being covered by a body part (such as a hand) then moved near a chest of someone breathing. It sounds like the grill of the mic is catching the fibres of the clothing they are wearing.

Response: At first I thought it was the wind disturbing the microphone and a landscape - but with limitations I did not understand, something of a border with low dark hard edges in the sound of wind in a landscape. Then there were disturbances someone a person moving the microphone and moving it close to the body, clothes. So then it changed from an outer landscape to an inner landscape with wind (blood flowing) and perhaps a pulse/heart and the border was the skin and bones and borders of a human body.