I have always liked the idea of carrying around a tape recorder or digital recorder, collecting favorite sounds. I’ve never been much of a sound collector, however. There are always sounds I’d like to save, but I just never do the work to acquire them.
Recently I purchased a Zoom recorder for capturing interviews and events. When I get the inspiration, I hope to use it to make other recordings of things I’d like to be able to revisit - the sounds of my world.
This is a recording that I made on July 28th, 2014. It features Suzie, a long haired Chihuahua owned by my neighbor, in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.
Suzie is a rescue. She was one of 17 Chihuahuas owned by a mentally ill Vietnam vet. She clings to her owner Ted and barks fiercely when anyone gets near him. She does not bark to alert Ted’s wife, or anyone else that lives in their house, however. She is a Chihuahua that is faithful to one person: Ted.
This recording features the alternately delightful, sad, adorable, and pathetic cries of desperation that Suzie makes when Ted is visible to her but just out of reach. If Ted has left Suzie in the backyard and shut the gate so that he can do something in the front of the house, this is the sound we will hear. She will do this incessantly until she is once again able to stand by his side.
Disclosure: The photo used for this file is not actually Suzie, but a dog from the internet that looks a bit like Suzie.
A Public Service Announcement from Public Collectors
The following is from a message that I sent someone on Tumblr this morning, after seeing their avatar in the Biggest Fans section of my Activity page for the past few days:
"Hey, I’m not sure how else to contact you so I hope this finds the right reader. I am glad that you like so many posts on my Public Collectors Tumblr. In fact, you have clicked the heart icon so many times, that for days now your avatar and blog name have appeared as one of my four biggest fans. But every time I look at the activity on my page, I have to see your avatar of a photo of your engorged penis. Having a NSFW blog is cool and all, but using an explicit photo for an avatar, which I have to see even though I don’t follow you is—literally—a dick move. If you want your avatar to be a cock, okay, and again, thanks for your interest in my work, but maybe you can try unfollowing me?"
This user is no longer following me, but for the sake of others, if you use Tumblr and know how it works, please consider using an avatar that isn’t a photo of your genitals? It’s aggressive, obnoxious, and just a really shitty way to be. Thanks.