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Willie Weir : September 24th, 2009

City Soundtrack

Portland Saturday Market

Portland Saturday Market



I love the soundtrack of a city. It is a hodgepodge of sounds. Sometimes harmonious. Sometimes just noise.
The above photo was taken at Portland’s Saturday Market. On the left is a street preacher. On the right is a street musician.

The musician

The musician

The preacher

The preacher

The audio clip above was recorded and not mixed. Give a listen. At first I thought these two were at odds, trying to drown each other out. But the more I listened, the more they seemed to fit together–as if the musician was providing the urban soundtrack to the sermon. You also get an AMTRAK train and a street drummer across the street into the mix. Harmony? Noise? You decide. It is all part of the eclectic sounds of the city.

1 comment to City Soundtrack

  • I’m going to steal your idea and take an audio recorder with me next trip. I started to think about this when I was riding the new Canada Line in Vancouver early this month. There is an interesting sound there to capture. Portland also had sounds I wanted to save. The sound of the trains, the cyclists’ warnings as they passed, the violin played on the street corner. I may skip the roar of the I-5 beside the Eastside Esplanade.

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