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Awkward Noises… What to do when you don’t want to listen?

By 2 April 2012 88

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After spending a lovely Friday evening out with some friends, I came home this weekend in the hope of getting some much needed sleep.

Unfortunately the minute I walked into the stairwell of my Braddon apartment complex I was faced with this sound. While I tried to get to sleep for several hours, feeling extremely awkward and slightly pissed off, this amazingly loud female continued to channel her inner porn star. Now don’t get me wrong, I more than appreciate the activity at hand, however I am not sure noises of that level are really necessary in any occasion nor are they appealing.

As it is now becoming quite a regular occurrence and the sound clip from within my own apartment (her enjoyment made it’s way through her door, the stairwell and my door), I feel yelling is probably not going to cut it considering we run into each other almost every day.

Can anyone offer some advice?

[Photo by timparkinson CC BY 2.0 and chosen from stock not to sexualise children but to note that if what you're doing can be heard outside your home anyone could be listening]

UPDATE 02/04/12 15:42: And now with SoundCloud:

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88 Responses to Awkward Noises… What to do when you don’t want to listen?
#1
Dilandach1:16 pm, 02 Apr 12

She hot?

#2
EvanJames1:17 pm, 02 Apr 12

Why developers are allowed to build apartments with porous walls is beyond me. I was staying in the Mantra in Darwin (on the bay), and became unpleasantly familiar with what the people in the rooms (yes, plural) above me had for dinner, going by the noises in their bathrooms and pipes the next morning. Ugh.

I’ve stayed in a Brownstone in Manhatten, and you didn’t hear a peep from the people on either side or above. It can be done, building places to live in where you aren’t assailed with noise from your neighbours.

#3
Shinigami_Josh1:17 pm, 02 Apr 12

Send them a link to this?

if you know who it is try talking to her like an adult?

#4
DeskMonkey1:21 pm, 02 Apr 12

Play some extremely unromantic music as loud as you can to drown it out. Odds are if you can hear them, they can hear you.
Apparently Nickelback is top of the Most Unromantic Music List…

#5
astrojax1:21 pm, 02 Apr 12

noise cancelling earphones?

or an infestation of mole crickets delivered to her rooms before activities commence? [difficult if the whistle signals play before you get home, though..]

or a bogus letter from community health letting her think she has some serious std?

#6
c_c1:22 pm, 02 Apr 12

Given how many illegal drug dens and brothels are being run out of apartments in Braddon and Lynham…

#7
Mysteryman1:22 pm, 02 Apr 12

EvanJames said :

Why developers are allowed to build apartments with porous walls is beyond me. I was staying in the Mantra in Darwin (on the bay), and became unpleasantly familiar with what the people in the rooms (yes, plural) above me had for dinner, going by the noises in their bathrooms and pipes the next morning. Ugh.

I’ve stayed in a Brownstone in Manhatten, and you didn’t hear a peep from the people on either side or above. It can be done, building places to live in where you aren’t assailed with noise from your neighbours.

It comes down to money. Apartments/houses made from cheap, crappy materials with inadequate sound proofing are common because developers can sell them for the same prices as the ones that have been built properly. It’s an issue of greed.

In relation to the OP – why not have a word with her about it? If that’s a little awkward for you, leave a letter/note for her.

#8
Exception1:24 pm, 02 Apr 12

Definitely not hot.

The sound isn’t even coming through the walls (our apartments are not next to each other) and we can’t hear anything that the next door neighbours are doing…..I worry for the hearing of the individual joining her. I’m thinking maybe a usb with the sound clip attached to her door and a pleading note??

#9
knuckles1:33 pm, 02 Apr 12

“While I tried to get to sleep for several hours”

Make sure you track down the bloke involved and give him a pat on the back for me. What a champion.

#10
Dilandach1:48 pm, 02 Apr 12

knuckles said :

“While I tried to get to sleep for several hours”

Make sure you track down the bloke involved and give him a pat on the back for me. What a champion.

Its only seven hours. Not special at all. Its border line premature.

#11
FioBla1:51 pm, 02 Apr 12

In this context, the information on noise.act.gov.au is quite funny.

e.g.

> On the other hand, let your neighbours know
> if you are planning noisy activities such as
> renovations or a party.

Also:

http://www.noise.act.gov.au/files/Talking_to_NeighbourFINAL.pdf

#12
Deref1:59 pm, 02 Apr 12

LOL. She’s obviously enjoying herself.

I wonder if those are the flats that our first Chief Minister bought one of and ended up selling six months later, because the walls were so thin that every time someone flushed a toilet the whole block knew.

I think you should burn the track onto a CD. Slip it under her door with a note saying “We, your neighbours. think it’s great that you’re enjoying yourself so much. If more people would spend time having fun like that the world would be a better place and no-one would have time for wars. Don’t stop.

But we’d be grateful if you’d keep it down a little while we’re watching TV.”

#13
carnardly2:02 pm, 02 Apr 12

copy it onto a disk. print out this thread and tape both of them to the door of her apartment.

#14
CitizenK2:25 pm, 02 Apr 12

In the middle of a session, knock on the door in some sexy kit and ask if you can join in!

#15
gospeedygo2:38 pm, 02 Apr 12

I am x’ing the suggestions of the other rioters, leave a nice cd/dvd/usb drive under their door with a little note. If you have the time, you might want to make up a little techno remix with auto tune for their enjoyment.

Exception said :

Definitely not hot.

The large ones are always the weirdest….

#16
00davist2:46 pm, 02 Apr 12

Reminds me of a housemate I had a few years back, nice enough person, but MAN, not quiet when her beau was around, and we had brick walls thorough, and even from the other end of what was quite a large old house, you couldn’t get sleep unless she was sleeping (it didn’t help that she had one of those 2 inch from the ground bed’s either, I swear the floor should have given out)

In the end we worked out that the central heating system was not helping, it became an amplifier for the sound, room to room!

#17
Overheard2:55 pm, 02 Apr 12

Deref said :

LOL. She’s obviously enjoying herself.

I wonder if those are the flats that our first Chief Minister bought one of and ended up selling six months later, because the walls were so thin that every time someone flushed a toilet the whole block knew.

I think you should burn the track onto a CD. Slip it under her door with a note saying “We, your neighbours. think it’s great that you’re enjoying yourself so much. If more people would spend time having fun like that the world would be a better place and no-one would have time for wars. Don’t stop.

But we’d be grateful if you’d keep it down a little while we’re watching TV.”

Better still, put down an address from an adjoining suburb.

#18
JimCharles2:58 pm, 02 Apr 12

00davist said :

In the end we worked out that the central heating system was not helping, it became an amplifier for the sound, room to room!

My wife can lie in bed and ask for a cup of tea and I can hear from the kitchen through the “speaker-like” duct in the ceiling…..quite a novelty at first.
Unfortunately, we also discovered when anybody uses the bathroom it’s wise to turn the TV volume up right away.

#19
Lazy I2:59 pm, 02 Apr 12

Is she vocalising in the bedroom or straining in the bathroom? sound file is ambiguous.

#20
Deref3:03 pm, 02 Apr 12

Lazy I said :

Is she vocalising in the bedroom or straining in the bathroom? sound file is ambiguous.

ROTFL.

Gold.

#21
astrojax3:07 pm, 02 Apr 12

Lazy I said :

Is she vocalising in the bedroom or straining in the bathroom? sound file is ambiguous.

or straining in the bedroom? some people’s proclivities should not be queried! :)

#22
devils_advocate3:12 pm, 02 Apr 12

gospeedygo said :

I am x’ing the suggestions of the other rioters, leave a nice cd/dvd/usb drive under their door with a little note. If you have the time, you might want to make up a little techno remix with auto tune for their enjoyment.

Exception said :

Definitely not hot.

The large ones are always the weirdest….

and the most grateful.. not that I’d know firsthand, you understand.

#23
Starrie3:18 pm, 02 Apr 12

Have you tried gathering a few friends together and cheering them on. That’s what we used to do in uni ressies when this happened and most couples only did it once (with the notable exception of the B2 screamers).

#24
The Traineediplomat3:19 pm, 02 Apr 12

This is one of the funniest posts of all time on RiotAct and I hope it wins the Mully for April. To note that either she’s going solo (and bravo for several hours) or the man/men/woman/women/goat that she is with is very quiet.

#25
devils_advocate3:36 pm, 02 Apr 12

The Traineediplomat said :

This is one of the funniest posts of all time on RiotAct and I hope it wins the Mully for April.

Agreed, I also like the multimedia component.

#26
Dilandach3:40 pm, 02 Apr 12

devils_advocate said :

gospeedygo said :

I am x’ing the suggestions of the other rioters, leave a nice cd/dvd/usb drive under their door with a little note. If you have the time, you might want to make up a little techno remix with auto tune for their enjoyment.

Exception said :

Definitely not hot.

The large ones are always the weirdest….

and the most grateful.. not that I’d know firsthand, you understand.

Its okay, everyone hogs at least once. Think of it like a quota that everyone needs to fill.

#27
devils_advocate4:01 pm, 02 Apr 12

Dilandach said :

Its okay, everyone hogs at least once. Think of it like a quota that everyone needs to fill.

Never have, never will.

Well, never is a long time. I’m still: relatively young; wealthy and attractive. Who knows what the future will bring.

#28
NoAddedMSG4:03 pm, 02 Apr 12

As part of my job, I reguarly have to write letters to people about noisy sex, “showering together” in communal showers, and unsanitary bathroom habits of varying levels of ick.

It seems to be more effective if you are completely upfront, don’t use cliches, and are as clinical in your descriptions as possible. Passive-aggressive approaches may be satisfying, but tend to get a passive aggressive response in reply. I do sometimes avoid talking to people directly if I think it will make them feel humiliated as I’m not after revenge, just for the behaviour to stop. I’d go with a note like “Dear neighbour, we can all hear you when you are having sex, even in our apartments with all the windows closed and the tv on. It makes us all feel very uncomfortable. We would all appreciate it if you could please stop making so much noise while having sex.”

If it then keeps going, you will know at that point that she is getting a kick out of knowing you all can hear her. Good luck dealing with that if it is the case.

#29
curlylocks4:04 pm, 02 Apr 12

Just leave a note in her post box, stating that she can be heard. Poor thing would be so embarrassed to know that she was heard (she must be bloody loud)

#30
jinkies4:15 pm, 02 Apr 12

Leave a link to this post under her door, and hopefully she will connect the dots.

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