Noise Intercepted Collaborators

Denise Ing - University Administrator


Toronto, Canada

Why do I want to participate?

I like personal challenges, especially ones that involve other people.

Twitter: @xiao_pangzi



You did this to me, KathrynNoise Challenge #4: The Soundtrack

The Soundtrack Challenge did not seem like enough of a challenge. The fact is that my MP3 player has not been updated in a while, so I have listened to every song, ad nauseum.

I suggested to Kathryn Jamieson that we select a song for each other from our respective MP3 players. When I also suggested the titles of our post, I believe Kathryn mistook this challenge as an exercise in torture. Now, I regret not forcing her to listen to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”.

For Kathryn, I chose “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” by The Smiths, which I found fitting for the challenge. Plus, it is a song that I could listen to repeatedly, all day.

For me, Kathryn chose “How You Remind Me” by Nickleback. This is because KATHRYN JAMIESON LOVES NICKLEBACK!

Once we had both stopped laughing and projectile vomiting, Kathryn sent me “I Mind” by James Blake.

“I Mind” slips easily into one’s lifestyle.  Every environment started to feel like a lounge/bar.  While listening to the song, I leisurely made Oatmeal Rye Soda Bread with Walnuts from scratch (recipe here).

I didn’t achieve much else with “I Mind” as the soundtrack of my day.  So relaxed…

Play media before readingNoise Challenge #2: The Little Things

What you’re listening to right now is the sound of me typing this post.  It is hard to write on the fly like this when all I can think about is how I sound right now.

Confession: the sound of the keyboard is not insignificant to me.  I’ve always liked the sound of keys.  I still fondly remember the sound of the Commodore 64 and PET computers.  I think I’m dating myself.

This contentment that I get off of listening to the sound of a keyboard actually makes administrative work easy on the ears and the mind.

Oh the silence…can’t think of what else to type.

I guess this is the closest thing to a person who speaks just to listen to the sound of his/her own voice.

The Barnes Dance in TorontoNoise Challenge #1: The Pulse

At Yonge St. and Dundas St. W., one of the busiest intersections in Toronto, a pedestrian scramble (aka a Barnes Dance) signals pedestrians in all directions to proceed while drivers in all directions must wait. It is this street level activity, and not the waiting cars, that energizes the downtown core.