For my artifact analysis I was given the choice of three different artifacts to deeply analyze. The artifact that I chose was an Mp3 recording of an ominous sounding environment. It sounded as if there was a man singing off in the distance, but with a subtle white noise that sounds like it was being recorded from a device. Throughout the Mp3 recording, traffic and people can be heard slightly in the background. The main assignment was to formulate one question to base our paper off of. My question about the sound recording was, “What is the significance of this audio clip?”
Throughout my paper I state my three hypotheses as to why this audio clip was presented as an artifact. The first thought that came to my head when listening to this Mp3 clip was; this must have been captured on a tape recorder. Throughout the clip I could hear cars, birds, slight breaths, and what sounds like clunking of a tape recorder. My first hypothesis stated that this was a tape recording of Jordan’s environment. I believe that this clip was given as a choice to the class for us to analyze the sounds of Amman, the capital of Jordan. I’m guessing that this was Amman because of all the vehicle sounds and beeping cars, Amman is the most populated city in Jordan.
My most plausible argument pertains to the national religion of Jordan. Although Jordan welcomes all religions, the majority of Jordanians are Sunni Muslim. Throughout this course, we learned that muslims sometimes sing prayers of worship. In this audio clip, the man singing sounds like he is using a microphone to project his voice into a big space. I believe that this could be a recording of a time of prayer in Jordan.