At first my story was based on pigeon racing and the techniques involved. When everybody else read my script in class, ideas kept flying, and it was out of this discussion that I thought it would be great to include memory association in the piece. I chose to include my own story in the pigeons’ story, a story of raising pigeons in the world’s most dangerous city fifteen years ago. I thought this was interesting because of how the world has changed for me within the past fifteen years. Many struggles and tough days, and now the fact that I am in the US might make it possible for me to own pigeons again one day.
Class discussion, and talking with the students helped me shape my story. This became a story of me and my pigeons compared to the pigeons in the US. Even though the size, colors, and everything else were the same, the pigeons in the US wear electronic chips, eat healthy food, and stay in fancy lofts, which took me by surprise. Writing the script of this story has not been hard, but voicing it was a bigger challenge. I had put all my thinking hats into figuring out a way to record it. But eventually not reading my own script but instead remembering the moments as I spoke helped make my voicing sound natural.
Abdi’s Sonic ID
I was in Woods Hole for my Sonic ID. I chose Woods Hole because of the water. I ran into George Liles, who is the curator of the Woods Hole Aquarium. George does not care about the water; he thinks of water as something people have to cross when they are going to Martha’s Vineyard, and in fact, I liked staying in Woods Hole mainly because of the water.