Bus 22 is an audio playback piece about the other’s sonic experience, constituted by sound compositions and voice narration.
From September of last year, I had been taking the bus 22 in the Hauge. In the bus, I observe and analysed passengers to set the fictional characters who would reveal ‘the others’. I picked three people, considering age and gender, most of all, I concerned the combination of three. In December of last year, I chose, one is the boy with a soccer ball who looking outside of the window with sparkling eyes. The boy made me think, the sound conceived by kids might be intriguing that most places are playgrounds to them.
The second person is the woman with luggage who seems like a traveller or an international student. There are several reasons to pick her. First, I thought the person from another cultural context can bring a fresh perspective to the city, second, since I can not exclude the C-Situation (yes, corona) and to reflect the time-specificity, the character can proper show it.
The last person is the old lady who seems like a genuine resident. It was quite an obvious motive that the experience from a deep understanding of the city can give resonant to piece, plus, also can be a nice ending.
From January in this year, based on three characters, I concerned the stories, with the question, ‘What are they experienced in the bus 22’. At those times, I tried not to think about the hearing, I just wanted to grasp a holistic picture of ‘the others’.
Then, in February, I started to write the script to construct the audio playback. In the process of writing, I drew each character’s perception map regard to the Hague locale, it helped to get ideas to develop the story.
March, finished the script and tried to construct the audio playback by recording and composing sounds. If the former process drive by logic, the constructions include my artistic intuition using experiment with different mic technics such as a biaural, XY stereo, directional.