It was a beautiful, sunny day in July, and I was lying in a park in Geneva.
My iPod was out of batteries, but I still had my headphones on. I closed my
eyes and listened to the sounds surrounding me. Having these earphones
in somehow gave me the idea that I was more actively listening than I
normally would. s if these environmental sounds were playing on my
iPod. A world was slowly unfolding to me. I could hear people talking,
cycling, walking and roller-skating. A dog barking. A truck passing. Behindme, t
here was the rhythmic sputter of a sprinkler installation, and kidslaughing and fooling around. I could hear a wine bottle being uncorkedand a box of crackers beingopened. ut most enjoyable were the sparrows,flying around nervously, tryingto get hold of breadcrumbs. They wereflying from tree to tree, from my left ear to my right. chirp here andthere. Sometimes they would burst out in an excited chirping laughter,
as if they were watching a ballgame and someone scored. It felt like listening
to a great radio play. I just had to do something with this. project onenvironmental sound. aybe a book?