In this paper I point out phenomena related to the perception of sounds in Bucharest during the Stalinist period (1948-1956). I refer to personal accounts – diaries and memoirs – of representants of the city’s former social elite, sentenced to various deprivations under the communist regime. I focus on descriptive accounts of sounds in the city’s everyday life. The sounds are treated as an expression of the mental experiences of their listeners. In the sources collected here, the key experience is a reduction of agency, associated with existential anxiety.