One of my favorite sounds remains the echoed lapping of water against the FDR memorial. We may have visited this site Monday but it remains an important landmark whenever we walk along the East River. I don't know if Kahn intended for the water to echo the same way he intended the light to radiate but interesting physics cause a change in the sound coming from this line. The smooth walls of the inner slab cause the waves to become more drawn out and mix together. Instead of hearing the one wave all the sounds begin to jumble within this zone and carry a single note. One begins to think whether these sounds have been captured and have been resonating since the memorials construction. The note is haunting familiar and distant at the same time. I know it is the ocean i am hearing but it sounds very foreign to me as if it is a ocean i have never seen because it existed at a different time. The echoed sounds of past waves crashing against the memorial reverberate for all time just like the words of one of America's greatest presidents. One of the important lessons from FDR's Four Freedoms speech is too remember the past for those you don't are bound to repeat injustice. The waves echo his words to always keep in mind that the past is never truly gone but always coming back in small gestures. Many of the other sounds of the River can be replicated and can be heard at different points along the waterfront but the Memorials strict design and material create an individual tone that cannot be replicated as easily as the rest.
This next sound comes from our walk through Gantries State Park. It is of a floating pier getting jostled in the heavy waves of the morning. A metal ramp connects the main strip with smaller floating docks and it is at this junction the creaking noise occurs. We tend to think the surfaces we stand on are stable but the waterfront introduces a whole set of natural features that throws our balance off. Sounds like these remind me we can never have total control over an environment there are always forces pushing and pulling the infrastructure we build. I wish i could have walked along the ramp but it was closed off, however i felt like i would fall off at any moment if i did try and walk out on it because the waves pushed this small metal plank into the air and back down. i found this clip interesting because its not just waves crashing against a shore but forcing the movement of a structure we believe is safe to stand on.