Here are 2 attempts of a rhythmanalysis done by recording the sounds of a space as well as recording my perception of the rhythms in the space.

1) Knox Hall – UB North campus – 2nd floor sitting in between room 104 and 20.

2) University Station – UB South campus – Subway stop

KNOX – 100% speed

KNOX – 600% speed



KNOX – explanation of perceptible rhythms

Immediately I can hear the mechanical buzzing of a building – heating/cooling systems, vending machines.

There is a constant flow of people; a combination of conversation, swishing of winter jackets, and a tap-thump-smacking of footsteps: a flow that fluctuates rapidly.

The sound is rather warm, slight reverberation, along with the constant drone of the vending machines down below. A quiet presence of people can be heard from all over, reverberating into each other.

People preoccupied in their own business – eating while walking, listening to music, typing on a cell phone.

Every few minutes there is more noise than usual; it dissipates within a few seconds.

There are many different footstep sounds, more than I can describe in words.

The cacophony of footsteps fills the space.

There is almost complete silence, except for the buzz within the space.

A rhythm begins to become apparent in the space. It is not fast, but not too slow. It fluctuates between a normal state of a few people walking throughout and a state of flux with groups of people talking loudly with each other, usually on the lower level. This flux occurs for only a minute at a time, if that long.


UNIVERSITY STATION – explanation of perceptible rhythms

The mechanical screeches are overwhelming in this space.

Buzz, whistle, ring, moan (cyclical), clattering, all at the same time.

The wind brushes very slowly through the tunnel

There is a very loud constant buzz, almost like a light bulb as it is about to burn out.

Some of the train sounds fade as other become more apparent, they cycle – taking turns.

The bells go off, the doors close, and the train rides away.

The wind is extreme now as the train screeches down the track, fading into the distance

The lights dim slightly

It is now almost completely silent except for one lady walking with a rolling walker

Two people in the space begin to talk

She sighs slowly

I can now hear the elevators in the distance without the overbearing sound of the waiting train

A few moments after the train leaves, a sound can be heard down the track. It is a mechanical sound.

A drone in the distance can be heard, getting louder as the wind grows stronger

The drone gets louder, with rumbles-bangs-and thumps, it is climactic

The train rolls in, the breaks can be heard depressurizing

And it stops, beeps, and the doors open.

A large flow of people pour out of the train.

The rhythm thus far is not smooth; it is slow with bursts of extreme energy, and very calculated. It is very repetitive.


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  1. [...] Rhythmanalysis – images I recently made a post about a rhythmanalysis of both the University Station subway stop as well as Knox Hall on North Campus at UB here: http://adamlaskowitz.com/blog/?p=282 [...]

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