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Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Richmond Refinery Siren

Mary Rees

All week long we've been playingthis 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 our new project, 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 and read on for the answer...

MARY REES: Please tell me where you were a year ago, when the Chevron fire happened, and what you did, and how you knew what to do.

TOMMIE THOMAS: I was looking out of my kitchen window and I saw my neighbors on the street, and they were looking up in the air, and I was wondering what was going on. I came out the door, and I seen this big cloud coming over, and then I could see the refinery from my house. Then I knew it was a fire. But I didn’t hear any siren; there wasn’t any siren.

Congratulations to this week's winner, Zubair Ali. 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.

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