“Talking Walk” is a sound work, 7 minutes and 42 seconds long, edited together from parts of an hour-long voice journal I recorded while walking around Providence. The entire recording was sped up 50%. Then quiet parts of the audio were edited out algorithmically by silencing all sound below a certain decibel level then deleting the blank space. Here I was working with the sound as represented by waveforms, approaching the personal material from a purely technical perspective. As a result the audio is uniformly garbled and choppy, and the moments where words remain intact are out of my control. Language is rendered somewhat unintelligible, allowing listeners to examine instead patterns of rising and falling tone. Just enough information is retained so that listeners can catch the occasional glimpse into the story being told, but some parts of the audio have been further muddled to obscure any details which would make the plot too concrete. Ironically, by fiddling with the parts of the recording I don’t want people to hear, I’m drawing even more attention to them.