Sound — “28 to Make”

Charles Daly
Feb 18, 2019 · 1 min read

28 to make is a creativity challenge from CreativeLive. Participants create and share a quick sketch every day for 28 days. I’m doing the same but with words.

Each day in February, I’ll set a timer for 20 minutes and write a “sketch” inspired by the prompt for the day.

Day 18: Sounds

Today’s assignment is to visualize the following four sounds: A Jackhammer, children playing, waves, paper crumpling. Rather than visualize these, I’m going to jot a few words about them. The prompt says to think abstractly.


The silences in between riffs of jackhammering make it sound like it’s getting closer.


The present moment in action: there it is again… and again…

The irregular pulse of existence, the only convincing evidence that there’s something greater at work, a sound I try never to be too far from any more than I’d want to be out of touch with the spirit of existence.

Also, sound itself is a wave.

Children Playing

Like waves, this sound has a pulsating quality that seems to follow the arc of the storyline in whatever game they’re making up.

Paper crumpling

This is one of those sounds that changes dramatically depending on how close you are to it — paper crumpling in your ear vs. across the room. Like slurping, it also makes a difference whether you’re the one who’s doing it.

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