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.
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.