Making Coffee, part 1

Title

Making Coffee, part 1

Creator

G.D.

Date

2022-01-23

Description

When the pandemic forced so many places to close in March and April of 2020 and many of us were sent to work from home, I found myself listening more carefully to what was going on around me. Without the clatter and din of the workplace, I tuned in to simple, everyday sounds -- birds outside, humming fridge inside.

I've also always been interested in historic sounds. What did life sound like 100 years ago, 300 years ago? Fifty or a hundred years from now, will anyone be curious about what noises ordinary household tasks produced in 2022? In case they are, I have recorded the sounds of making coffee: filling a kettle from the faucet and setting it to boil on an electric range, fitting a filter into a coffee cone, spooning some sugar into a ceramic mug, etc. Hardly riveting, perhaps, but I enjoyed how the process made me really listen to the gestures and acts I perform everyday.

Subject

Household sounds
Coffee making paraphernalia

Type

Sound

Format

Audio/.wav
2:57 minutes

Rights

By submitting content, the creator of this item has granted Portland Public Library permission to disseminate, preserve, and use that content in connection with its educational and research mission, including promotional purposes, in all media in perpetuity. The creator of this item retains ownership of and copyright in the material that has been shared in this particular project & collection.

Original Format

WAV file

Duration

2:57

Bit Rate/Frequency

2304 kbps

Collection

Citation

G.D., “Making Coffee, part 1,” Isolating Together : Portland Public Library, accessed July 4, 2022, https://portlandlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/116.