All week long we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.
This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties. By using the sounds of voices, nature, industry, and music, Audiograph tells the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you. Every Thursday, we reveal the origins of that week's sound on Crosscurrents, and here in weekly blog posts.
Listen above for the full answer...
DAN ZELINSKY: She's a six-foot tall, carrot-topped, curly haired, mechanical doll. We have one of two that used to be at Playland at the Beach. Laughing Sal would run seven days a week, everyday of the year for about sixteen hours a day. If one broke, instead of having downtime, they would swap one out. She was always going. So, if you lived in the neighborhood, Laughing Sal was going everyday of your life.
Congratulations to this week's winner, Cora Shimetz. We'll have a new sound for you to guess and another chance to win next week.
In the meantime, is there a sound from your life that should be featured on Audiograph? Call at 415-264-7106 and tell us about the sound of where you live.