Location: The Wilbur Courtyard is a small outdoor space. It is enclosed by four walls on adjacent sides, but there is no ceiling enclosing the space.
Recording Setup: The microphone and balloon were placed on the concrete floor of the courtyard.
Reverberation Time: 0.1 seconds
Maximum Intensity: 80 dB
Minimum Intensity: 60 dB
Acoustic Description: Unfortunately, the space has little reverberant qualities. I believed the space would be more reverberant due to the enclosing four walls. But it seems like the open ceiling allows the sound to escape and prevents the sound from reverberating against the walls. Additionally, our recording has a lot of wind which made it difficult for Praat to calculate when the pop occurred and when the sound drops. The image above illustrates how a lot of wind disrupts much of the recording and a 30 dB drop doesn’t seem to occur.
*The recording and image do not necessarily reflect all of the sounds written about below. The recording was taken on a Wednesday afternoon whereas the writeup was done on a busy Sunday afternoon.
The Scripps pool at the Tiernan Fieldhouse is a significant soundscape of the Claremont Colleges. I was here on a Sunday afternoon between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. There is a certain level of exclusivity to this soundscape, since only Scripps students and faculty are allowed to enter the pool at these hours. However, the recording was made on a quiet Wednesday afternoon. Some keynotes I noticed were the constant hum of the water filtration system, the bubbling fountain next to the pool, and the gentle waves created by swimmers. These place the listener in the atmosphere of a public pool. It is easy to tune out these sounds since we are so used to hearing them in such a space. Other keynotes include the wind rustling the leaves and the birds chirping occasionally. The mixture of nature-based and man-made keynotes reflects how a pool is a man-made construction with the qualities of emulating nature. The recording reflects these keynotes, however the recording lacks some of the signals that I heard on the Sunday afternoon.
Some signals I noticed included chattering voices (consisting of both lively and quiet conversations), a pet dog barking occasionally, and the subtle clicks on keyboards of people doing homework. During the first couple hours here, there were only a few people, mostly at the pool to do homework. It was an overall quiet and peaceful atmosphere. But later in the day, more people came to relax and strike up conversation. The function of the pool changed from a study atmosphere to a social atmosphere. Unlike keynotes, the signals changed over the course of my visit at the pool.
Around 2:45, I could hear the trains from the Claremont Metrolink station passing by. This was surprising to me considering that the station is relatively far away from the pool. I would consider the sound of the trains a soundmark since it is a sound that can be heard from many places in the Claremont Colleges and many students can relate to hearing it. Claremont would not be the same without the sound of the trains passing by.
 The term “keynote” is defined in R. Murray Schafer, “The Soundscape.” Reprinted in The Sound Studies Reader, edited by Jonathan Sterne, 101. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. He describes the keynote sound as the “anchor or fundamental tone and although the material may modulate around it, often obscuring its importance, it is in reference to this point that everything else takes on its special meaning.”
 The term “signal” is defined in R. Murray Schafer, “The Soundscape.” Reprinted in The Sound Studies Reader, edited by Jonathan Sterne, 101. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. As he puts it, signals are “foreground sounds that are listened to consciously”.
 The term “soundmark” is defined in R. Murray Schafer, “The Soundscape.” Reprinted in The Sound Studies Reader, edited by Jonathan Sterne, 101. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. “Soundmark” refers to a community sound which is unique or possesses qualities which make it specially regarded or noticed by the people in that community.