Was Upper East Side (like in a Warren Zevon song) in Manhattan on Sunday 16 September 2012 and captured a couple recordings at Bloomingdale’s. I flipped a coin to decide which to submit to the Junto and this one lost, but it was worth sharing.
This recording was made on the 8th (top) floor in the children’s section. The sounds involved a back-to-school mannequin display designed as a fake rock band called “The Know-It-Alls,” complete with guitars and drums that kids played as they passed by. The display was in front of the main elevators and an employee-only set of double-doors. Kids and parents alike alit from the elevator and hit the drums and strummed the guitars as they passed by.
Though the clothes and accessories on the mannequins were all for sale on the floor, the instruments were not. I dug the concept of the store allowing the items that weren’t for sale to be manipulated and distressed by the shoppers. I was tempted to tune the guitars, but decided to do my best Jane Goodall and not interfere with the situation. :^D
Recorded while walking and holding iPhone in hand. Faded the edges off the audio file in Acid.
iPhone, GarageBand, Klipsch earbuds, Acid 7.0
This Disquiet Junto project was done in association with the exhibit As Real As It Gets, organized by Rob Walker at the gallery Apex Art in Manhattan (November 15 – December 22, 2012):
More on this 37th Disquiet Junto project at: