“Cuckoo” by Ben Gansky and Joyce Liu (2015)

Cuckoo Crosswalk


The sound that we explored was the crosswalk beeps on the corner of 5th and Craig. We first recorded the timing of the beeps and noticed that they lasted for around seven seconds, with the total crossing time being around 25 seconds. In such an urban area, we wanted to use nature sounds where it is least expected. Upon listening to the crosswalk beeps, we thought that it sounded much like a cuckoo sound coming from a bird, hence we decided for the crosswalk beep to trigger bird song. When played together, the artificial crosswalk beeps are disguised by the natural song of the birds.

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