Posted February 8th 2011 at 10:54 am by
in Audio Portraits

The No. 1 Bus in a Snow Storm

About half way through my ride to work on the morning of Boston’s last snow storm, the fifth or sixth major snowfall we’ve had this year, I heard a sound I can’t remember hearing before: The commuters on the Number 1 bus were chatting.

The No. 1 Bus in a Snow Storm by CoLab Radio

Turn up your volume. I recorded this with an iPhone.

Most mornings, it’s silent on the Number 1. All you can hear is the sound of the bus itself and the traffic outside.  Sometimes on evenings and weekends friends talk softly to one another.  Every once in a while there is a fight or a disruptive rider. I ride the number 1 bus a lot. It runs on Mass Ave from Boston to Cambridge and back again. It’s one of the most significant bus routes in Boston.

You never know when you’re going to find something nice.

Post and recording by Alexa Mills. Audio Portraits is an experiment on CoLab Radio. Through periodically posting sounds, we are trying to understand what makes a sound interesting and how it contribute to a better understand of community and physical space.

2 responses to “The No. 1 Bus in a Snow Storm”

  1. Aditi says:

    Thanks for this sound portrait, Alexa! Sometimes sounds portray a setting even better than a photo can. I take the commuter rail to work and the ride starts off quiet, but 5-6 stops in people start chatting really loudly and wake me up from my morning snooze!

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  3. Stefanie says:

    Yeah, snow strangely brings people together! Another DUSPer and I were riding the 1 bus back from Harvard that day when it was snowing and we ended up getting into an awesome conversation with an older lady about the big Boston storm of ’78. This would have never happened in good weather.