Assignment: Go on one of the suggested soundwalks. In teams, collect sounds for a 3-5 minute sound walk to a specific location inside of 721 Broadway.

Soundwalk: Passing Stranger, Pejk Malinovski

Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me as of a dream,)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is recall’d as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured,
You grew up with me, were a boy with me or a girl with me,
I ate with you and slept with you, your body has become not yours only nor left my body mine only,
You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh, as we pass, you take of  my beard, breast, hands, in return,
I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone,
I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
I am to see to it that I do not lose you.

Taking its title from the Walt Whitman poem “To A Stranger” (above), this 1.5 hour soundwalk through my favorite neighborhood in Manhattan gave me new eyes to see my beloved city. A few stray thoughts and takeaways:

Formerly the site of a church. Mr. Buongiorno who lived across the street would ring the bell every Sunday… if the soundwalk story is to be believed.
Allen Ginsberg lived on the 4th floor.

A few things that were techniques or moments in the recording that left an impression:

September 12, 2018