We spent 5 days in Atlanta and worked on a film project and being in Atlanta was difficult for me. I never felt safe and the vibe that this town provides is not very comfortable.
Do you know the Walking Dead? It totally makes sense when you drive around the city. The town itself has a population of 472,522 ( estimated 2016) and the metropolitan area is home to 5,710,795 people what makes Atlanta the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Can you believe that Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport is the busiest airport in the entire world? It is true, but then when you in the town or you drive around you ask yourself, Where is everybody????
It feels like nobody is around. The most people using their cars and trying to get as soon as possible from A to B. You will barely see pedestrians going for a walk on the streets. I saw people hanging out in parks or malls for example what gives you a feeling of protection but just going for a walk seems already dangerous.
Libby and I shoot for this project in pretty dangerous areas to get the footage that we needed but we spent the most time at our Hotel.
We checked in the Aloft Hotel for 5 days and paid about 600 US Dollar plus 25 US Dollar parking for each day. If you come to Atlanta for only one day and you don’t need anything else fancy, you can stay here but I am not going to recommend this Hotel. The room had tiny windows and it was always dark. No closet where you could hang your clothes or storage the gear. I remember it was impossible to sleep without earplugs. Five big tour buses parked in front of the house and kept the Air Condition running for 24 hours.
The fitness studio was nice and a small outside pool is available as well. Also washing machine and dryers are available for only one dollar each.
I also remember the NRA Convention was in the same week!
I made two recordings in this city and the first one was in Downtown next to the Aloft Hotel. I walked out of the Hotel at 6 am in the morning to the left. I placed myself with the binaural headphones by the next intersection and recorded this sound.
The recording is around 16 minutes long and you can listen to all kind of street noise. Cars, buses, trucks, and motorbikes. It is an intersection so people stop and go. Very cool dynamic. Dont forget to use your headphones!!!
You can download this sound down below on the bottom!
The Second Sound was recorded at the Centennial Olympic Park!
The Centennial Olympic Park is a 21-acre (85,000 m2) public park located in downtown Atlanta. If you remember the Olympic Summer Games in 1996, the Park was built as part of the infrastructure improvements. Now, it is a venue and a place for several events, concert and for people who just wanna hang out.
We listen to the sound of children, kids and parents, laughing and talking and people having general fun. Besides English speaking people, you can also listen to Spanish. Kids jumping around a water fountain while parents talking and keeping an eye on the children!
The location where I recorded the sounds!
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ”
Martin Luther King Jr.
And now I invited to download this two sound recordings from Atlanta, Giorgia.
Sixteen minutes binaural street noise sound!
Four minutes of people ambiance around the fountain at the Centennial Olympic Park!