New York – 1

New York is quite brilliant and crazy.

Track below: On the Amtrak train from Montreal to New York. The train compartments were actually incredibly quiet: 55 -65 db on average. In between cars were small enclosed areas that were all metal and they clattered and clanked and squeaked. That is where I recorded the track below.

Track below: In the Columbus Park, Chinatown. There are granite chess tables where older Chinese men are playing cards, or a game like Checkers. The checkers pieces are small round disks, maybe made of plastic or china and they click and clatter and the men laugh and talk. There is also Tai Chi happening in two goups. They did one motion where they stepped forward and made a short sound: AhAA several times, and the overlapping of the groups was an interesting effect.

At the World Trade Center site on the morning of September 11, 2010 I arrived too late for any official ceremony. There were peaceful protesters handing out information on the theory that 9/11 was an ‘inside job’ planned by the US government. The three tracks below are one protester calling out to passers-by.

The New York Police Department pipe band playing in full uniform (with kilts) near the World Trade Center site, Sept. 11, 2010.

On another corner nearby the Trade Center site there was a protest against the Qur’an burning that was planned by Rev. Terry Jones in Florida.