I'm not completely in love with my concept yet, but I thought I'd put it out here.
This is where I started... the word list. More words came to me for loud then quiet, so I went that direction.
After that, I started sketching. I'm never been real big on sketching before (hence the fact that these are TERRIBLE drawings), so this was a real test for me. It ended up being very theraputic, and I ended up really liking my city and the boy screaming.
I mocked up a bit more of what I was thinking would be closer to the final product, which is the city, with the boy screaming from the rooftop with fireworks in the sky. It's not at all final, but it's a good start for me. The theme kind of being how overwhelming the noise is, and the boy reacting to it.
As I said, this is my first go at real sketching, so please forgive my horriffic drawings. :)