Sounds of the City: Bridge Humming

Have you ever listened to this bridge (I think it’s the bay Bridge) while walking towards it?

Emitting a constant hum, not unlike a river flowing over rocks, its almost pleasing. Almost, because you know its also a river of pollution. Man made and depending on your viewpoint a necessary evil.

Back to the sound, at first I didn’t know where it was coming from, walking along the downtown waterfront. Then I looked up and made the connection.

Do you hear it? What’s your impression of its hum?

5 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    It is, in fact, the Bay Bridge.


  2. Jason D- (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 10:57 am

    The ambient noise from the bridge is quite calming some days.


  3. dln (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

    Nice resonant sound. If you listen carefully, you might actually be able to hear a difference when the weather changes.


  4. Bradley Allen (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    I looked at a property that was pretty much right under the Bay Bridge. Cool place. Even had a private patio. But the quite calming sound… was deafening.

    I agree that the sound is different depending on weather (and esp. wind). I loved it when it was super foggy recently.


  5. Nancy (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

    There are definately varying effects of atmospheric noise. I used to live on the cable car line, and that constant whirrrrrr of the subterrainian cable? It somehow resonated down in my bone marrow. Not in a good way.



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