From Williamsburg I jumped back on the L to get to Manhattan. At this time it was getting close to the time I needed to get to my bus, so I was working the numbers in my head to see if I could pull footage for not one, but two more composite videos. Union Square was an easy target, and right to the north was the Flatiron Building, so it was possible… I sat down and decided to play it by ear. Speaking of which, a lot of times the sound blends into an urban susurration, with occasional things like sirens popping up from time to time. This time you can kinda hear the music from a urban jazz band playing behind the subway stop. (This particular band got into something of an altercation with the breakdancers they were playing for, which is kinda unusual, but interesting.) However, you definitely can hear the whistle rhythm of a lone gentleman in a OCCUPY NYC T-shirt, who was periodically attempting to incite the crowd. Alas, it didn’t work; it would have been awesome to have a street protest on an icosacomposite.
I moved perhaps 300 ft from my position in Quincy Market and set up my camera in the square facing City Hall, and managed to record a pair of buskers with guitars doing neo-folk instrumentals and a drummer with a collection of plastic pails. All of them were drowned out by the breakbeats blared by a group of breakdancers who set up shop at the end of the square, beguiling the tourists and eliciting cheers and gasps. If you listen carefully you can hear all these sounds and more, over the murmur of the crowd, the squawk of seagulls, and the roar of large trucks moving goods and garbage around downtown Boston.