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Cities and Memory remixes the world, one sound at a time - a global collaboration between artists and sound recordists all over the world.The project presents an amazingly-diverse array of field recordings from all over the world, but also reimagined, recomposed versions of those recordings as we go… read more

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3582: Murano bells reimagined

December 1st, 2020

5:28
Bells in Murano, Venice reimagined by Alex Hehir.

"I loved the sonic mixture of the bells and the boats hitting each other. There are also some voices that make it into the final piece. Much of the sound design came from …

3581: Midday in Murano

December 1st, 2020

1:12
On the island of Murano in Venice, the bells ring out for midday across the canals. The sound is accompanied by the gentle sloshing of moored boats so characteristic of Venice, and we can hear a mother telling her …

3580: Light whispers

November 24th, 2020

3:56
Cicadas in Arquà Petrarca reimagined by Andarctica. 

"I really wanted to use the rhythmic pulsing of the crickets as a filter element, so it was a …

3579: The background to summer

November 24th, 2020

2:26

Mid-August in the incredibly beautiful little town of Arquà Petrarca in northern Italy, where the poet Petrarch spent most of his days. On this …

3578: A day of lockdown in Bourges

November 24th, 2020

19:54
Sounds from a typical day during lockdown in Bourges, France (ignoring remote working, of course):

0:0s: churches ring at 7:30 AM
2:00s: birds recorded from my balcony
4m:30s: bells ring the mass
8m:10s: playing fetch with …

3577: The ineluctable decline of Venice

November 20th, 2020

4:23
Listen closely on a walk around some of the less-explored corners of Venice, and as well as the sounds you'd expect, like boats on the canals and the clacking of shoes on bridge crossings, you'll hear repair and …

3576: Construction

November 20th, 2020

4:38
House repairs in Venice, Italy reimagined by Xqui.

"I wanted to utilise all the background sounds by way of manipulation.  Everything here is taken …

3575: Tranquility in Venice

November 19th, 2020

3:21
In the Giardini della Biennale at the far end of Venice, it's a quiet moment on a sunny September weekday, with hardly anyone around, and the only sounds being the passing boat traffic at the far end of Venice's main …

3574: Surface

November 19th, 2020

4:46
Venice Biennale gardens reimagined by Eleni-Ira Panourgia.

"The original recording of the passing boat inspired me to listen to the water surface. The recording reveals traces of human activity and machines in relation …

3572: The grand applause for the boat crane

November 16th, 2020

4:49
On the island of San Pietro di Castello in Venice, on an otherwise tranquil and still weekday afternoon, we hear a boat being lowered into the water by one of Venice's typical boat cranes. The operator spins the boat …

3573: Virtual Venice

November 16th, 2020

8:03
Venetian boat crane reimagined by Andy Billington.

"I wanted to work from a visual score so took all of the parts of the original recording and colour …

3571: Cuarentena en Santafe

November 16th, 2020

1:16
Bogota lockdown recording by Ricker Silva, November 2020.

"During quarantine, a car passes by the neighbourhood, reminding us how we should take care …

3570: Phlegethon

November 16th, 2020

4:18
Phlegethon created by Nigel Firth (The May).

"This piece starts with a fanfare of foghorns and waterlogged saxophones that then play from the forlorn banks of the river as seen from above. As we descend through the smoke …

3569: The Lost Poet

November 14th, 2020

7:00
Earth's surface by Mark Taylor.

"Canto 1 and 2 of Inferno take place entirely on the surface of the Earth, so I decided to base my music around the strong narrative contained within these opening verses: 

"Opening …

3568: Terra de Lumine

November 14th, 2020

4:18
Earth's surface created by Elska (Laura Boland).

"This soundscape represents Zone 1: Earth’s Surface; an ethereal introduction to Dante’s journey …

3566: Selva oscura, amor mi mosse

November 14th, 2020

9:10
Dark forest created by Angela Winter.

"'Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.'

"Dante has lost his way and finds himself wandering through an …

3567: Dark Forest

November 14th, 2020

6:13
Dark forest created by Karhide.

"Dark Forest is based around the sounds of synthesised strings, strange background noises and a glitchy distorted rhythm to create a dark dense piece of music to get lost in."
Part of the …

3565: Per me si va ne la città dolente

November 14th, 2020

5:48
Canto Three represents Dante's last moments in the earthly realm before entering Hell - and contains the most famous lines of the entire Divine Comedy.

"Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'intratre" / "Abandon all hope, ye …

3560: Vestibule

November 14th, 2020

4:03
Vestibule created by Dinah Mullen.

"The moment of waiting, of anticipation, being confined - claustrophobia. The sense of a world around you, yet …

3564: Was/Is/Will Be - Please Close the Gate

November 14th, 2020

16:18
Hell Gate created by Christopher Hill.

"It was the idea of the Hell Gate as a threshold, a psychic and spiritual borderland that determined my sonic …

3563: Jerusalem

November 14th, 2020

3:04
Jerusalem created by Janae Jean.

"When creating this piece, I sought to combine elements of the "Divine Comedy" itself, such as the frequent use of …

3562: The Love Which Moves The Sun & Other Stars

November 14th, 2020

8:35
Jerusalem created by The Gaye Device.

"The final part of the journey of Dante reaching Jerusalem and Paradise and looking out on to the universe inspired me to write this composition. 

"Are we all looking for our own idea …

3561: Abandon all hope...

November 14th, 2020

9:00
Vestibule created by Sherman and Field.

"The work is a single-take room recording, improvised by candlelight after a storm featuring effects-drenched …

3559: Lotus banks of the Acheron

November 14th, 2020

9:39
Acheron created by Martha Riva Palacio Obón.

" As Teodolinda Barolini mentions in Commento Baroliniano, Inferno 3 occurs in a liminal space. A …

3558: Through the door

November 14th, 2020

3:28
Acheron created by Simon Woods.

"The piece is made up of water sounds (courtesy of my bath and sink) along with synthesised bees / wasps / insects …

3557: SKLTN in Limbo

November 14th, 2020

4:00
Limbo created by Andy Skelton.

"Dante's Limbo contains those souls trapped between two states - neither of sufficient faith for paradise, nor sinful …

3556: “My youthful hopes are in the Limbo of lost dreams”

November 14th, 2020

7:29
Limbo created by Eva Q. Mansson.

"“My youthful hopes are in the Limbo of lost dreams”

I am the snail 
In a bubble of nothing
Dreaming
I am here, yet am not

3555: Passage(s)

November 14th, 2020

5:00
Limbo created by Philippe Neau.

"I worked with my voice and the sounds of water and air. My track tries to evoke the expectation of souls in the …

3554: Limbus Patrum

November 14th, 2020

2:35
Limbo created by Warren Daly.

"My composition tries to capture the varied emotions of being ensnared in limbo. 

"I used field recordings from a tropical forest in order to mirror Dante's journey. The juxtaposition of …

3553: A Slow Hot Kiss of Wind

November 14th, 2020

10:58
Lustful created by Kenneth Lyons.

"“A Slow Hot Kiss of Wind” addresses the elemental environment in the zone of the Lustful into which Dante enters …

3552: I was I am I am to come I

November 14th, 2020

5:35
Lustful created by Vlad Suppish.

"It has three layers. I've nicknamed them 'moans, groans and slaps' for this project.

"The first one is a field …

3551: Third Circle - The Gluttonous

November 14th, 2020

8:24
Gluttonous created by Alex Hawthorn.

"Through my research, I learned that the souls of the Third Circle, guarded by Cerberus, were punished by laying …

3550: The gluttonous muck

November 14th, 2020

5:49
Gluttonous created by Joseph Hoffman.

"Dante describes this circle of hell as a wet and cold place. I created this piece by recording several …

3549: Divine Comedy: Hoarders

November 14th, 2020

4:20
Hoarders created by Jase Warner.

"‘Divine Comedy: Hoarders’ is a composition for the Cities and Memory ‘Inferno’ project, celebrating the 700th anniversary of the completion of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’.

"My composition is …

3548: Akrasia

November 14th, 2020

4:44
Hoarders created by will sōderberg.

"Hoarders and spendthrifts are souls gripped by opposing sins, who move towards each other along two halves of one …

3547: Wrathfulness

November 14th, 2020

6:26
Wrathful created by David Webb.

"They see souls squatting in the riverbank, covered in mud, biting at each other. These are the Wrathful souls. The …

3546: Wrath (castelli de Sabbia, Castelli di Rabbia)

November 14th, 2020

4:01
Wrathful created by Patrick Bridge.

"I was recently reading Alisdair Gray's translation of Dantes Hell so it was one of those coincidences that Cities …

3545: Charon crossing the Styx

November 14th, 2020

7:50
Styx created by Mike Tupling. 

"Inspired by Joachim Patinir's painting 'Charon crossing the Stxy', the composition is an image in sound constructed from field recordings and synthesizers."
Part of the Inferno project to …

3544: Last train

November 14th, 2020

2:01
Styx created by Emmy Tither.

"Whatever happens after death is the last conscious journey, right? Or may well be. That made me think of a train station located at the end of the known world, with trains going off to …

3543: Angel of Dis

November 14th, 2020

5:02
City of Dis created by Heather Andrews.

"I find this section of the written piece interesting  - the dynamic between Virgil and Dante is interesting here, where Virgil demonstrates his devotion to Dante's cause, to the …

3542: La Città di Dite

November 14th, 2020

7:14
City of Dis created by Valerio Orlandini.

"I read Canti IX and X multiple times to try to feel what Dante was experiencing when he was there. The …

3541: Wood of suicides

November 14th, 2020

13:29
Wood of suicides created by Scott Wilson.

"In the Wood of Suicides, Dante describes how the souls of those who have died by their own hands are …

3537: Canto Eresia Quattordici

November 14th, 2020

10:57
Heresy created by Andy Billington.

"The track was started by me speaking the word "Heresy" into a simple 8 bit sampler (Bastl Microgranny 2.5). The sample was then trimmed and shaped forming 3 distinct glitch tapestries …

3538: Canto Decimo

November 14th, 2020

4:33
Heresy created by Clelia Ciardulli.

"This 'cerchio', circle, as Dante calls the zones of Hell, inspired me to research the history of heresy, and to …

3539: Souls on fire

November 14th, 2020

4:45
Phlegethon created by Manja Ristic.

"Phlegethon was always one of the most intriguing aspects of Dante's Inferno. The realm of the darkness seeded in …

3540: Phlegethon

November 14th, 2020

11:28
Phlegethon created by Terminal Optimism (Stuart Chapman).

"Although aware of Dante's Inferno, I hadn't read it. A bit of research informed me that Phlegethon is a reference to much earlier classical references to hell, …

3542: Wood of suicides

November 14th, 2020

5:02
Wood of suicides created by Simon Woods.

"The initial recordings are taken from a local woodland, bird sounds and magpies. These are gradually …

3531: Panderers and seducers

November 14th, 2020

6:56
Panderers and seducers created by David Henckel.

"I liked the idea of using a combination of field recordings and synthesised sound in this piece. I was inspired by the idea of using seductive sounds layered with harsher …

3532: 8C

November 14th, 2020

2:19
Panderers and seducers created by Bleep Eater.

"8C  stands for the eighth circle. The whole idea of this is very dark and twisted, which really suited …

3533: Their sins run deep

November 14th, 2020

6:22
The great barrier and waterfall created by Jeff Dungfelder.

"After Dante takes us through the Vestibule for “undecided” and Agnostics; a place for …

3534: Where we find ourselves

November 14th, 2020

7:05
The great barrier and waterfall created by John Downey.

"Given the dark centre stage of US politics, I decided to use only a few tracks and avoid …

3536: The Abominable Sand

November 14th, 2020

8:18
The Abominable Sand created by Peter Hodgkinson.

"Instead of the obvious religious intentions, I was more concerned with the present "violence" …

3535: Babel is burning

November 14th, 2020

3:06
The Abominable Sand created by The New Cow (Hans Glib, Deiter Banal, Klaus Inane)

"A cacophony of cutup recordings of various religious fanatics and extremists makes for the foundation of the piece, overlaid with a …

3526: I Am A Moment Illuminating Eternity

November 13th, 2020

3:37
Sorcerors created by Thomas Van den Eynde.

"I Am A Moment Illuminating Eternity is a short piece for string orchestra. When I was assigned zone 22 of Hell, I found myself in the region of sorcerors, fortune tellers and …

3527: DIScORD

November 13th, 2020

2:41
Sorcerors created by Drew Mulholland.

"DIScORD was recorded in one of the DISsecting rooms at the university of Glasgow, I thought that finding the …

3528: Simoniac!

November 13th, 2020

3:11
Simoniacs created by John Tenney.

"At first, people might think that the ancient sin of simony (buying one's way into religious favour for salvation, …

3529: The Magus

November 13th, 2020

3:04
Simoniacs created by Nikolas Parnell.

"The idea of buying and selling holiness caught my attention. They never succeed in the strict sense, but those …

3530: Ingentes

November 13th, 2020

10:11
Flatterers created by Marco Furlanetto.

"Flatterers are found in Malebolge, one very unique area in Dante's Inferno: according to the poet, here are …

3531: So... funny

November 13th, 2020

6:00
Flatterers created by Coxidelic (Tracy Cox).

"Reading Canto 18, Flatterers, I was curious why Dante placed this
seemingly innocuous act in a lower circle of Hell than murder(!). In the canto, Dante sees people he …

3525: Drive it like you stole it

November 13th, 2020

4:00
Thieves created by Bassling. 

"My white guilt is on display with appropriated rock and roll, including church-style organ, as well as lyrics …

3524: Eternal combustion

November 13th, 2020

5:25
Thieves created by Duncan Speakman.

"In the Malebolge of the Inferno, thieves are tormented by reptiles. The bites of the reptiles sometimes cause the …

3523: The torment of hypocrisy - Oscar Wilde's voice

November 13th, 2020

2:17
Hypocrites created by Giovanna Iorio.

"I have used the recording of the voice of Oscar Wilde reading “The Ballad of Reading Goal” and Ergo Phizmiz "The Faust Cycle or, The House of Dr Faustus" (2006-2009) to represent …

3522: Les lettres volées

November 13th, 2020

5:00
Thieves created by Flavien Gillié.

"Thieves. I looked in my bookshelf for my volume of The Divine Comedy, right next to it I also had a book by …

3521: The Autodox

November 13th, 2020

0:53
Hypocrites created by Daniel Yap.

"In Autodox, the hypocrite hordes of hell chant a verse while they trod upon Caiaphas. Is the chant what it appears …

3520: Barrators (Andy Lyon Imagining)

November 13th, 2020

10:38
Barrators created by Andy Lyon.

"The Eighth Circle, Fifth Pitch is very dark.  Barrators are pursued by demons with pitchforks and thrown into a river …

3519: Immerso nell’oscurità

November 13th, 2020

4:42
Barrators created by ElizaLauren.

"Immerso nell’oscurità is essentially an attempt to recreate the barrator’s journey through the eighth circle of hell with sound. The intention was to put the listener in the position of …

3515: Allor mi dolsi, e ora mi ridoglio (It pained me then and it feel the pain again now)

November 13th, 2020

8:59
Counsellors of fraud created by Matt Chapman Jones & Dai Bowe.

"We began with the text itself and trying to recreate ideas and images from it sonically. Our starting point were the fireflies flitting about, also …

3514: I love you, Odysseus

November 13th, 2020

5:20
Counsellors of fraud created by Cristina Marras.

"In Italy we devote three years to the study of Dante’s Holy Comedy, but despite of analysis and …

3516: Sowers of discord

November 13th, 2020

5:41
Sowers of discord created by Audio Obscura.

"For the first week I read as much as I could on the particular zone I had chosen, excerpts of the English …

3517: Sowers of discord

November 13th, 2020

5:40
Sowers of discord created by Odette Johnson (Museleon).

"In keeping with the theme of Divine Retribution that runs throughout Dante’s Inferno, the sinners in the ninth chasm, the Sowers of Discord, are brutally split and …

3518: Hollow echoes

November 13th, 2020

8:01
Falsifiers created by Richard Gadd.

"The broad theme of the eighth circle of Hell is fraud. The consequences of which result in the corruption of …

3519: The Falsifiers

November 13th, 2020

4:40
Falsifiers created by Richard Watts. 

""In the tenth and final bolgia are punished those who are falsifiers of various kinds. These sinners are …

3510: The Giants

November 13th, 2020

10:12
The Giants created by Xopher.tm.

"Natural sounds were recorded around Devils Lake, Oregon manipulated and mixed to simulate the cold and loneliness of …

3508: That well dream, again

November 13th, 2020

8:18
The Well created by Graeme Rose.

"The Well part of The Inferno inspired my piece by allowing the idea of other sounds to drift upwards from the depths of the well. I 'field recorded' sounds of water and other kitchen …

3513: Permafrost; or, Ice, Ice, Dante

November 13th, 2020

7:40
Caina created by Midmight.

"To quote the Longfellow translation of Canto 32 (Caïna: Traitors to Kindred), “ ’Tis no enterprise to take in jest, to sketch the bottom of all the universe.” Like Dante, I called on the Muses …

3512: Frost, ice, snow

November 13th, 2020

4:32
Caina created by Nigh Infernal.

"We tried to really tap into the icy atmosphere of Caina by utilizing vibrating treble tones and wide reverb to evoke a vast, arctic plain.  Listeners will be comforted by the lushness of …

3511: Giants

November 13th, 2020

2:01
The Giants created by Jon Nicholls.

"The three giants exist in a perpetual stasis, and I felt the piece should be a snapshot of a situation rather …

3509: The Well

November 13th, 2020

3:44
The Well created by Thomas Haighton. 

"The original source material used to create the sounds was an audio recording of a chunk of ice being thrown …

3507: Judecca

November 13th, 2020

3:05
Judecca created by Whalthisney.

"My inspiration for this music was transforming a simple pastoral impressionist piano music into something a bit …

3506: Judecca

November 13th, 2020

6:25
Judecca created by Paul Collins.

"The deepest zone of the ninth and final circle of Hell is called Judecca. 
Here Satan is painfully encased in an ice …

3505: Ptolomea

November 13th, 2020

3:33
Ptolomea created by RPLKTR.

"The Ninth Circle, Ptolomea - those who betrayed friends or guests. Their souls descend immediately to hell and their …

3504: Ptolomea

November 13th, 2020

3:02
Ptolomea created by Peggy Nelson.

"Ptolomea is the Third Zone of the Ninth Circle of Hell; those there entombed are "traitors to guests." The Ninth …

3503: Bragandrice

November 13th, 2020

8:02
Antenora created by Robert Rowlands (Auraumua).

"Indolent Belaqua, much loved by Beckett, is met in Ante-Purgatory by Dante, and I like to imagine …

3502: Antenora

November 13th, 2020

12:49
Antenora created by Rafael Valencia.

"Walk with me and admire the musk: all those bodies laying there, frozen, suffering, waiting forever. 

"Walk with me, I'll show you all these traitors, you'll see how they're …

3495: Suite: down in this cistern

November 13th, 2020

19:04
Traitors to guests created by Joseph Chaves.

Down in this cistern employs two sources: Rafael Gamo’s voice reading from the 33rd canto of Dante’s Inferno and a kind of ‘wind’ sound derived from an analogue noise …

3497: Antenora Blues

November 13th, 2020

14:47
Traitors to country created by Neil Verma.

"For this piece I made an experimental audiobook with dialogue structured around bespoke field recordings, …

3496: The Freezing Eyes of Hell

November 13th, 2020

3:58
Traitors to guests created by Bev Boyd.

" In this piece about the 9th circle of hell, Zone 37,  we encounter the terror of the inanimate souls of the …

3500: The Din

November 13th, 2020

7:08
Traitors to kindred created by BMH.

"The Din, the din is omnipresent... We wanted to capture the absolute torture of the crimes against kindred. Lake …

3498: Frozen Core

November 13th, 2020

3:00
Traitors to country created by William McKenna.

"Besides the original music bed, there are a variety of sounds in this project: found sounds, …

3499: Traitors to their kindred

November 13th, 2020

5:42
Traitors to kindred created by Laura Lair.

"I chose to depict the ‘Traitors to kindred’ segment of hell which is found in Circle 9, the Circle of Treachery, the deepest level of hell.

"It is described by Dante as a lake …

3490: Shining one

November 13th, 2020

4:41
Lucifer in Hell created by Alan Bleay.

"The piece is based around the theme of Satan. I tried to create a small journey of Satan through the Inferno with a nod to the traditional musical view of Hell."

Part of the Inferno …

3491: Satan's flight

November 13th, 2020

3:00
Lucifer in Hell created by Millie Wissar.

"Eternal darkness of horror. A place frozen by the flapping wings of Satan. This composition was created with dry ice recordings, real screams, long reverbs and shimmery delays. …

3492: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (Oh Hell) - Part 1: Deep Freeze, Part 2: Brandy of the Damned

November 13th, 2020

7:47
Earth's centre created by Nick St. George.

"I read the relevant canto of the text, which tells us that the Earth's Centre is the home of Dis (Satan) and that it is a frozen world where Dis continually tortures Judas, …

3493: Earth's centre

November 13th, 2020

13:42
Earth's centre created by Sterling Basement. 

Descent:
We begin our final descent into hell, tumbling down its ledges like the trash thrown from Akio …

3494: Vexilla Regis

November 13th, 2020

5:32
Traitors to lords created by Francesco Ameglio.

"While composing I've tried to picture the space and the damned within a suspended moment free of any time structure, a frozen moving picture where Dante (and the listener) …

3495: Traitors and lords

November 13th, 2020

3:00
Traitors to lords created by Daryn Brown.

"I did lots of reading for this one. My first thoughts were of fire and screaming so I was surprised to read …

3489: Cities and Memory on BBC Radio 4 Podcast Hour

November 10th, 2020

1:54
Cities and Memory was recommended by BBC Radio 4 Extra's show Podcast Hour, on an episode focusing on the best of global Audio Art and Found Sound. Here's what they had to say about our podcast.

3488: Heard from Distance (Soundscape for inside your head)

November 2nd, 2020

4:56
Valsanzibio bells heard from distance at Villa Barbarigo reimagined by Audio Obscura.

"I loved the field recording I used but once I sat down with it, found it quite hard to work with. After a few efforts which I …

3485: Inside Tempio Canoviano

November 2nd, 2020

4:44
The Tempio Canoviano or Temple of Canova is a neoclassical temple, based on the designs of Antonio Canova, in Possagno in norther Italy. 

Work on the temple begun in 1819 and resumed after Canova's death in 1822.  The …

3487: Bells at Villa Barbarigo

November 2nd, 2020

1:41
Villa Barbarigo (also known as Villa Barbarigo Pizzoni Ardemani from its various proprietors) is a 17th-century rural villa in northern Italy, with …

3486: Mass for Mellotron

November 2nd, 2020

7:14
Tempio Canoviano in Possagno reimagined by Nick St. George. 

"When I was a Prog Rock-loving teenager, I had a thing about Mellotrons. I used to buy albums just because they had a Mellotron on them! Imagine my delight …

3484: Street band plays a famous Mexican song during lockdown

November 2nd, 2020

1:06
"During lockdown all music live events were cancelled. Many musicians went to the streets and played. People from the windows threw them some coins or food. They are playing "Asi Fue" a song by famous and iconic Mexican …

3483: From a fire escape in New York

November 2nd, 2020

19:59
A sound from New York's lockdown recorded from an apartment fire escape on April 23 2020 in the Lower East Side.

Recorded by Ryan Kailath.

Part of the StayHomeSounds project to map and reimagine the sounds of the Covid-19 …

3482: Uzès, South of France - second Lockdown on All Saints' Day

November 2nd, 2020

0:36
Recorded by Claire Maurel.

"Sunday 1st of november at noon in a small city in the south of France, quite touristy during high seasons. Today is All Saints Day, it is also the second lockdown in France. I'm walking around …

3481: Life under the Rialto Bridge, Venice

October 29th, 2020

8:04

The Rialto Bridge is one of the busiest spots in Venice, both in the tourist shops on top of the bridge, and the Grand Canal traffic below. Join us as we find a cosy spot next to this iconic bridge and listen to the …

3480: Washes under the Rialto

October 29th, 2020

8:04
Rialto Bridge sounds reimagined by Richard Gadd.

"I have used the entire original recording and have highlighted and altered sections to create a richer soundscape.The original plays throughout the reimagined piece …

3479: The Drift

October 25th, 2020

3:50
Sports cars drifting reimagined by Cities and Memory.

The original field recording is an exciting listen - two sports cars practising their Fast and the Furious-style drifting in an empty car park at night. If anything, …

3478: Midnight drifters

October 25th, 2020

2:42

Two sports cars practising synchronized drifting in an empty parking lot at midnight in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Recorded by Steve Burnett.

3477: Monte Grappa tu sei la mia patria

October 24th, 2020

3:05
Monte Grappa WW1 shelter reimagined by Cities and Memory.

Walking around inside a shelter carved from the very rock of the mountain was a humbling experience, thinking of the incredible hardship enduring during the Great …

3476: Inside a mountain war bunker

October 24th, 2020

1:40

This recording is from inside one of the many shelters carved into Monte Grappa, northern Italy, during World War 1, as soldiers cleared and …

3475: A hopeful thought

October 24th, 2020

2:39
Aeolian-Skinner organ reimagined by Baying Ridges.

"The original track had a sadness but also some hope to it. I wanted to focus on that hope amid a …

3474: Aeolian-Skinner organ, Saint Paul, Minnesota

October 24th, 2020

1:00

The Æolian-Skinner organ by Quimby Pipe Organs, being played just before 5pm mass, February 16, 2020. Recorded in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA by Laura …

3473: Gratitude

October 24th, 2020

0:38
Lockdown sound from Madrid, Spain, October 2020 by Ana Torralba.

"Be grateful, lift others - after 6 months of  lockdown, my 3 kids are back to school …

3472: BBC World Service on Future Cities, October 2020

October 24th, 2020

6:20

Interview with Cities and Memory founder Stuart Fowkes on BBC World Service's Business Matters programme, 23 October 2020, covering Future Cities and the soundscapes of the global Covid-19 lockdowns.

3469: The sound of Venetian gondolas

October 19th, 2020

3:24
One of the classic sounds of Venice, a row of moored gondolas sloshing back and forth, sometimes clattering into one another, on the lagoon close to …

3471: Listening to Santa Lucia

October 19th, 2020

6:27
Waiting for our train out of Venice, we explore the interior of Santa Lucia station, listening to the throb and drone of train engines, station announcements and the comings and goings of passengers. Despite being in …

3470: Children playing in Campo San Polo

October 19th, 2020

4:40
Campo San Polo is a large piazza in the centre of Venice - when we visited on a Monday afternoon, it was filled with children playing right across …

3468: Bells at midday in Venice

October 19th, 2020

11:12
In Piazza San Marco, we await the bells at midday, which are heralded by a series of musical chimes coming from the Torre dell'Orologio. The biggest …

3467: Station announcers of the world unite

October 19th, 2020

6:44
Venezia Santa Lucia station reimagined by Simon Woods.

"All the sounds of this piece, making up a busy day on the station, are made from the Venetian station announcer’s voices.

"In addition we have messages from their …

3466: Campo San Polo (Andy Lyon reimagining)

October 19th, 2020

8:24
Children playing in Campo San Polo, Venice, reimagined by Andy Lyon.

"The recording is like a memory of pre-covid times and the piece reflects on all …

3464: And somebody spoke, and I went into a Venetian dream...

October 19th, 2020

4:07
Midday bells in Piazza San Marco, Venice reimagined by John Tenney.

"A day in the life of a dreamer, who is suddenly transported from the streets of San Francisco to the Piazza San Marco in Venice, where he walks, …

3465: What else have you tried?

October 19th, 2020

3:22
Venetian gondolas in the lagoon reimagined by Mary E. Tither.

"I'm very stressed and anxious at the moment (for various reasons) and it feels like …

3463: It's not a wave, it's a river

October 14th, 2020

1:40
Tomba Brion reimagined by Cristina Marras.

Six months into the covid pandemic and our lives have changed in ways that we wouldn't have thought …

3462: Distant bells from Tomba Brion

October 14th, 2020

4:31
Visiting the Carlo Scarpa-designed Tomba Brion, we hear the sound of bells from a nearby town drifting across the fields gently to reach us.

Tomba Brion is a fascinating place: a sloped concrete enclosing wall, two …

3460: Heavy lagoon traffic

October 13th, 2020

5:40

Sitting at the northern end of the main island of Venice in Cannaregio, we take a few moments to absorb the flows of passing boat traffic. Because we're facing out into the lagoon as opposed to into one of Venice's …

3461: Boats in Cannaregio

October 13th, 2020

4:34
Boat traffic in Cannaregio, at the northern end of Venice, reimagined by Bassling.

"Listening to the sounds of Venice, particularly the boats and the …

3459: Be wary, put on a mask

October 13th, 2020

1:20
"Nothing much to say, just a subway announcement that will be heard quite often, I'm afraid, reminding us to wear a mask or we might get a fine.

"Can the fear of losing money be greater than the fear of getting and/or …

3458: Machine shop in Seoul

October 13th, 2020

2:52

Seoul's Mullae-dong is a gentrifying area where small industry sits cheek by jowl with bars and shops. This recording was made from the street into …

3457: A few simple rules

October 11th, 2020

4:22
Italian Covid-19 train announcements reimagined by Jeff Dungfelder.

"This piece of music is based on a field recording from Italy, of an TrenItalia Covid-19 train announcement. The world of sound created here emphasizes …

3456: A offering to the Ganges

October 11th, 2020

3:37
Varanasi river ceremony reimagined by Cities and Memory.

It was fascinating to read the context of this field recording - the ritual prayer of …

3455: Dashashwamedh Ghat

October 11th, 2020

3:18
Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganga River. Ganga Aarti (ritual of offering prayer to the Ganges river) is held daily at dusk.

Several priests perform this ritual by carrying deepam and moving it …

3454: Glass factory

October 11th, 2020

9:08
Murano glass-making tour reimagined by The Leaf Library.

"It's made entirely from the field recording - nothing else (bar a bit of reverb and delay here and there). A bit of background - a friend of mine works with glass …

3453: A glass-making demonstration in Murano

October 11th, 2020

8:08

Murano is world-famous for its glass-making master craftsmen, a centuries-old tradition of hand-blown and hand-shaped glass passed down through …

3452: Weather Room, Bidston Observatory

October 7th, 2020

10:16
At an artistic research centre in Bidston Observatory, focused on social proximity as a facilitating tool for creative expression, which has …

3450: Sound of the forest above Lerici

October 7th, 2020

19:55
The sound of the forest above Lerici, near the water source of Redarca. The birds living within the forest are the imperial crow (Corvus corax), the …

3451: Foresta degli Uccelli

October 7th, 2020

4:30
Lerici forest reimagined by Richard Watts.

"I have tried to reproduce the feeling of the original field recording using various bell sounds. I loved the way the bird songs answered each other and the different layers of …

3448: Lost in the football crowd

October 6th, 2020

8:25

A recording from a bitterly cold December afternoon in 2015, as Sheffield Wednesday record a 4-1 win against Wolves in the English football …

3449: The ghosts of our sporting lives

October 6th, 2020

3:40
Hillsborough football crowd reimagined by Cities and Memory.

As we record this in the middle of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, the thought of being part of a crowd of any kind, let along a large sports crowd like this, is a …

3447: Laguna Veneta

October 4th, 2020

5:04
Giudecca waves in Venice reimagined by Richard Watts.

"I love the original recording so have included that with a little bit of processing to add a bit more movement. This piece kind of happened on it's own. I added a …

3446: The waves of Giudecca

October 4th, 2020

3:47
Outside the wonderful Casa Tre Oci gallery on Giudecca in Venice, we look across the lagoon to Piazza San Marco opposite. 

The waves from passing …

3445: Darn ar gyfer gitâr dau

September 29th, 2020

3:02
Houston Airport aircraft landing reimagined by Mark Baker.

"The reverse thrust of the jet engine was augmented with a drone in E at the start  and …

3444: Medical issue on an aircraft

September 29th, 2020

1:42

An aircraft lands at George Bush Airport, Houston, Texas - we hear the usual on-board announcements, but punctuated by news of a medical issue on board that will require attention from emergency staff as the plan taxis …

3443: Symphony of the tinsmith

September 27th, 2020

5:54
Recorded by Connie Lim Keh Nie.

"Listening to various pitches from hammer and tongs emanating from the tinsmith shops along China Street, clicking and …

3443: The tinsmith's (Buchla) easel

September 27th, 2020

2:44
Malaysian tinsmith reimagined by Cities and Memory.

"This reimagined piece started out by mapping a drum pattern, against which samples and individual …

3442: First Days of Autumn in Ottawa

September 27th, 2020

8:39
"Recorded on my Samsung Galaxy A60. Since the beginning of the pandemic I have noticed the soundscape change all around me. In downtown Ottawa the streets were less busy and the balconies of various apartments became …

3441: What we imagined

September 25th, 2020

4:56
Rome's Giardino degli Aranci reimagined by Tilla Martin.

"The original field recording was going through the notes of Elvis' Can't Help Falling In …

3440: The orange garden

September 25th, 2020

5:46
High up on one of Rome's famous hills, in the Giardino degli Aranci we hear a busker performing an Elvis song, a gushing fountain, and then overhead jet fighters pass over the rooftops of Rome to practice ahead of the 2 …

3437: Quiet, please

September 25th, 2020

7:22
Ocean City boardwalk reimagined by Joe Winkler.

"The field recording made me think about an increasingly noisy world and I tried to create a soundscape about how one might have to escape such noise in the near future."

3439: Ocean City Funland

September 25th, 2020

2:16
Our walk takes us along the boardwalk in downtown Ocean City, MD. We start hearing the calming sound of a busking violin player on the boardwalk …

3432: Electromagnetic trains

September 25th, 2020

7:35
Electromagnetic recording of Shanghai Maglev train from Longyang Rd. Station to Pudong Airport station. 

Recorded by Simon James.

Part of the Future Cities project - find out more at

3433: Rione Monti

September 25th, 2020

4:51
Rione Monti: one of the oldest district in Rome. In ancient Rome it was named "suburra", sub-urban, and was already in those days populated only by …

3435: Shanghai train to the airport

September 25th, 2020

8:05
Shanghai train reimagined by Barkode/Martin de Korte.

"Most of the manipulating and composing of the new sound layers for this remix was done with a …

3431: Unfrozen Neva

September 25th, 2020

8:06
At this time of January the Neva river in St. Petesburg is usually frozen. The 2020 winter was extremely warm. The sound was recorded on the bank of …

3436: Rione reimagined

September 25th, 2020

5:45
Rione Monti reimagined by Emiliano Venanzini.

"Based on a recording taken in Rione Monti, Rome. The raw recording is divided in 3 moments, in the first we can hear cars, birds and people working (hammering  far): though …

3434: Our future cities and homes

September 25th, 2020

4:00
Neva river reimagined by Hayley Suviste.

"The Neva River would usually be frozen by this point in winter, however the river remains unfrozen. This …

3427: Cochlear Nerve

September 25th, 2020

0:33
Malaysian ferry reimagined by Miranda Taylor.

"The ferry horn being the focus of this sound, it is imposing and grumbly. The pitch and tempo differences construct a state of urgency, however this concentrates more on the …

3429: Cross-strait transit

September 25th, 2020

3:31
This is a passenger's journey on "Pulau Undan", the name of ferry as part of the oldest ferry operation in Malaysia. This recording depicts a …

3428: Un tuffo al cuore

September 25th, 2020

2:44
Porta Portese market reimagined by Clelia Ciardulli.

"In hearing the sound of people in the Porta Portese Market in Rome, I felt my heart skip (un …

3430: Porta Portese market, Rome

September 25th, 2020

2:30
Porta Portese is Rome's largest flea market that is held every Sunday in the Trastevere area. This soundwalk captures the very lively atmosphere.

3426: Mercato Centrale, Florence

September 25th, 2020

8:26
Recorded by Valerio Orlandini.

"The Mercato Centrale (central market) is a big indoor market existing in this form since the XIX century. In Mercato Centrale there are many sellers of typical Tuscan food, and it is …

3421: Shibuya dreamtime

September 25th, 2020

8:26
Shibuya crossing reimagined by Narcosislabs.

"What do the dreams of the streetlamps at the Shibuya crossing sound like after the last train and everyone has gone home? "

Part of the Future Cities project - find out more …

3422: Concrete Island

September 25th, 2020

6:03
Minneapolis interstate bridge reimagined by JP Guerrier.

"The piece is a reflection on concrete, water, and the pace of travel in today's society. I …

3425: Underneath an interstate bridge, by the creek

September 25th, 2020

3:40
Minneapolis interstate bridge recorded by Katharine Horowitz.

"The sounds of traffic from underneath the I35 bridge over Minnehaha Creek. A bit eerie, …

3423: Florence, Italy, 2030

September 25th, 2020

9:02
Florence market reimagined by Michael Competielle.

"Florence Italy in 2030 along with most of the planet have reduced our forests and wildlife to near …

3424: Shibuya Crossing

September 25th, 2020

3:01
Recorded by Keisuke Oki. 

The world famous Shibuya crossing.
https://en.japantravel.com/tokyo/shibuya-crossing/3016 

Part of the Future Cities project - find out more at https://www.citiesandmemory.com/future-cities

3417: Echo

September 24th, 2020

1:21
Echo Park reimagined by Jessie Brewer.

"In the original field recording - captured in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA - it's clear that both man-made and natural sounds are occupying space. 

"According to the Future Cities …

3418: Botanic drone

September 24th, 2020

20:00
Penang Botanic Gardens reimagined by Studier. 

"This piece is an experimental augmentation of the recorder’s experience while listening to this event.  The slowing of pitch and tempo– time– of the recording was chosen to …

3419: Nostalgia

September 24th, 2020

7:14
Lisbon trams reimagined by Rafael Diogo.

"Nostalgia is a visceral urban soundscape of Lisbon in the near future. The sounds and vocal manifestos were inspired in the poems of the great Fernando Pessoa and tend to reflect …

3420: Act as if the house is on fire

September 24th, 2020

4:00
Chiang Mai children's parade reimagined by Rebekah Ford.

"I didn't know where this was going to go except that it would be very loud. I cut up many …

3417: Fauna symphony

September 24th, 2020

2:56
Penang Botanic Gardens, the oldest of its kind in Penang Island, is the home for faunas such as cicadas and orioles. And they make music, too: the …

3416: Aboard the famous Lisbon trams

September 24th, 2020

1:53
The icons of Lisbon - we listen to the trams passing by in the Portuguese city.  Recorded by Marcel Gnauk.

Part of the Future Cities project.

3415: Kids' street parade, Chiang Mai

September 24th, 2020

5:13

Parade music with drums and xylophones, Chiang Mai, Thailand - recorded by Marcel Gnauk.

3414: A day in Echo Park

September 24th, 2020

5:06
Birdsong and the hum of the city in Echo Park, LA, recorded by Marcel Gnauk.

Part of the Future Cities project.

3412: Rush

September 24th, 2020

6:01
German traffic reimagined by Patrick Bridge.

"I've been working on pieces which incorporate found sound and my own improvised music to create soundscapes. 

"I responded to the initial piece of recording and played around …

3413: I imagined myself a cat

September 24th, 2020

1:16
Ecuador fish market reimagined by Amy Liou.

"I love the smell and vigor in a fish market. There is abundant of rhythms of people talking, negotiating, chopping, frying, eating, and there's always a cat sitting under the …

3411: See you later - or maybe not

September 24th, 2020

10:00
Funicular in Vietnam reimagined by Raymond Delepierre.

"The traces of chaos and historical invasions will make Vietnam a country of hope.

"I used the …

3410: Climbing the funicular railway

September 24th, 2020

9:27
Riding the metallic, clanking funicular railway in Vietnam. 

Recorded by Marcel Gnauk.

Part of the Future Cities project.

3409: The fish market, Ecuador

September 24th, 2020

2:06
The central market of Esmeraldas of city is a usually crowded place full of vendors who are selling their fish (so they talk out-loud among each …

3408: German rush hour

September 24th, 2020

5:41
Hectic, heavy traffic in Munich recorded by Marcel Gnauk.

Part of the Future Cities project.

3407: Covid-19 train announcements, northern Italy

September 24th, 2020

4:04
Aboard the Trenitalia service to Venice, we listen to the Covid-19 safety announcements in Italian and English, September 2020. There are warnings to wear a face mask over the mouth and nose, maintain space between …

3406: Campagna del Trentino - montagna di drone

September 23rd, 2020

9:17
Dolomite cow bells reimagined by Andy Billington.

"I took the original field recording and fed it into a Bastl Microgranny sampler chopping up the …

3405: Cow bell feeding frenzy

September 23rd, 2020

2:47

In a pasture high up in the Dolomites in Trentino, Italy, we walk into the middle of a group of feeding cows, all wearing the traditional mountain …

3403: Journey within

September 19th, 2020

6:29
Tuk tuk ride in Bangkok reimagined by June Lopez.

"I find that exploring sounds like this opens up my creativity and allows me to composed to different environments that is free, spontaneous and also captures the …

3404: Race 55a

September 19th, 2020

4:15
Singapore street car racing reimagined by David Henckel.

"Bass line duet with the sounds of racing cars in the distance. I wanted to move from being separate from the car to a feeling of being inside the car in the race."

3401: New Singapore

September 19th, 2020

7:59
Singapore skate park reimagine by Luis Antero.

"I live in the countryside, in the interior of Portugal, in an area we call Beira Serra, located between the mountains of Estrela and Açor. As a sound artist, I am used to …

3403: Riding a Bangkok tuk tuk

September 19th, 2020

5:37
A daytime ride on a tuk tuk, Bangkok's iconic - and in no way unsafe - way of getting around the city. Recorded by Marcel Gnauk.

3398: Ferrari 488 challenge

September 19th, 2020

4:20

Racing car trials taking place around the streets of Singapore past the Hotel Marina Mandarin - high-speed car flypasts are the order of the day. Recorded by Marcel Gnauk.

3400: Tangled wire

September 19th, 2020

1:24
Singapore racing trials reimagined by Ollie Campbell.

"To start off with, I chopped out some of the car passes. I knew that I wanted to use binaural panning to make them sound like they were passing in front of the …

3399: Fireworks and racing cars, Singapore

September 19th, 2020

4:53

A unique recording capturing the sounds of both high-performance racing cars zipping around a circuit in Singapore, followed by a large-scale …

3402: East Coast skate park, Singapore

September 19th, 2020

3:37

The sound of skateboarders practising and performing tricks at a Singapore skate park. Recorded by Marcel Gnauk.

3397: A High Line ambience

September 18th, 2020

7:33
High Line reimagined by Colette Aliman.

"This soundscape was very familiar to me, as I have walked the High Line many times. When strolling, I would …

3396: High Line life

September 18th, 2020

6:53

At the far end of the High Line in New York behind Penn Station, we can hear the faintest hints of nature if we listen closely to the cricket sounds, but they are overwhelmed by the sound of traffic, motorboats on the …

3395: Venice/Isaura/Armilla

September 18th, 2020

4:52
Venetian mass bells reimagined by Luke Walker. 

"The recent floods in Venice were the main influence for this watery soundscape. The field recordings of the Venetian new year's eve evening mass bells act as an underlying …

3394: Mass on New Year's Eve

September 18th, 2020

3:35

It's the evening of New Year's Eve in Venice, and it's time for some of the final masses of 2019 - the bells ring out from two ancient churches at the same time, and we stand on a bridge between them to capture these …

3392: Footy culture

September 18th, 2020

5:09
Swansea beach rugby reimagined by Henry Reese.

"Both Australia and Wales are host to a brawny football culture. All too often, this is a world of …

3393: The technological aspect of railways

September 18th, 2020

3:26
Santiago funicular reimagined by Kristoffer Raasted. 

"I've edited the recording on a DJ mixer, reflecting upon the technological aspect of railways. …

3391: Cerro Santo Cristobal funicular, Santiago

September 18th, 2020

3:53

Aboard the clanking funicular track to the top of the mighty Cerro Santo Cristobal in Santiago. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

3390: Beach rugby in Wales

September 18th, 2020

3:17

Action from a match at the Swansea beach rugby tournament - the national sport of Wales. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

3389: Darn ar gyfer gitâr

September 14th, 2020

2:46
Recording from the shore of Lake Garda reimagined by Mark Baker. 

"I just imagined sitting by the lake in warm sun playing my guitar listening to the boats. 

"I just wanted a simple acoustic drone to start. You can play …

3388: Slow peace on the shore of Lake Garda

September 14th, 2020

3:47

A peaceful recording from Lake Garda in Italy. It was a hot, balmy day, on which the clouds passed overhead and every so often a light, warm rain …

3387: Kew Gardens during lockdown

September 8th, 2020

2:00
Kew Gardens is the most famous botanical garden in Britain, dating from 1840 and housing "the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological …

3386: Dawn in Dina Morgabin

August 31st, 2020

3:56
The sounds of dawn in La Reunion reimagined by Cities and Memory. 

"There's something optimistic and bright about the original field recording - you can sense a new day appearing and village life getting started, …

3385: A village wakes up in La Reunion

August 31st, 2020

2:59

The sounds of a village waking up at dawn in La Reunion - birds, chickens, roosters, dogs barking and the hopeful optimism of a new day. Recorded by …

3384: Schatzalp Stream Daydream

August 29th, 2020

8:36
Swiss Alpine stream in Davos reimagined by Joe Pino.

"The best daydreams remove us from Time for a brief moment. The peaceful stream in the mountains …

3383: Mountain stream and snowcat, Davos

August 29th, 2020

4:22
A recording of a peaceful mountain stream in the Alps above the town of Davos is interrupted by a passing snowcat tending to the pistes. Recorded …

3382: The fairytale music box of San Rocco

August 24th, 2020

3:43
The bells of Chiesa di San Rocco have a fairytale quality to them - the kind of pealing bells you'd expect to make an appearance in something by the Brothers Grimm, ringing out over the town that forms the backdrop to …

3381: Pealing bells at Chiesa di San Rocco

August 24th, 2020

3:22
At five o'clock, the bells at Chiesa di San Rocco high up on a hill overlooking the town of Possagno chime out for an extended period. Every bell in Italy has its own character and quality, and these bells have …

3380: Failure to consent

August 24th, 2020

7:16
Hong Kong protest reimagined by John Downey.

"The Hong Kong protest field recording didn't so much inspire me to reimagine the sound as it caused me to reflect on the rise in authoritarianism and erosion of civil …

3379: Protest in Hong Kong, February 2020

August 24th, 2020

3:44
"It was a Sunday when another protest happened and when I arrived at Wan Chai (Hong Kong) island I already saw a huge crowd of protesters, media and …

3378: Waving through electric messages

August 24th, 2020

17:20
Shanghai power station of art reimagined by Michelle Breslin.

"Harnessing the power and routing it into musical  energy, a wanderer travels alongside the workers." 

3377: Shanghai Power Station of Art

August 24th, 2020

19:07
"Recording in the Shanghai Power Station of Art, China. 

"I was lucky to get a tour when the space was closed to the public, which offered a unique …

3375: Deep listening at the Abbazia Praglia

August 18th, 2020

7:49
The Abbazia di Praglia is an ancient monastery in Padova, Italy, that's been in existence for more than a thousand years in a stunning location nestled at the foot of the Euganean hills. 

We visit in the early evening, …

3376: Vespri infiniti

August 18th, 2020

22:17
Vespers at the Abbazia Praglia, Italy, reimagined by Cities and Memory. 

"Listening to the vespers being sung so beautifully was a magical moment, and …

3374: La Tour Eiffel se réveille, mais personne ne l'entend

August 15th, 2020

6:25
Eiffel Tower structural recording reimagined by Cities and Memory.

"The original recording was fascinating and alien, the sounds of the vibrations through the structure of the tower speaking to an entirely new and …

3373: Seismic vibrations in the Eiffel Tower

August 15th, 2020

6:13
"This recording of the Eiffel Tower in Paris was made using a sensitive geophone originally designed for seismic measurements that has been adjusted for field recording purposes. 

"The geophone was attached directly on …

3372: The fever forest

August 14th, 2020

4:47
Gabonese rainforest reimagined by Cities and Memory.

The pulse of the rainforest // a pulse-bed of warm synths.

Hornbills, parrots, turracos // piano …

3371: Absolute bearing

August 14th, 2020

5:25
Turks and Caicos boat ride reimagined by Alan Bleay.

"Transforming the movement of the engine into the movement of notes."

3370: A boat ride in Turks and Caicos

August 14th, 2020

1:42

On board a boat crossing the crystal clear waves of Turks & Caicos, recorded by Marcel Gnauk.

3368: Vox Magma

August 14th, 2020

4:40
Strokkur geyser reimagined by Peter Hodgkinson.

"Having explored the "mechanics" of geysers in Iceland I sought to imagine the interior of a geyser chamber rather than the outward surface dynamics. The piece, using only …

3369: Noisy traffic in Kathmandu

August 14th, 2020

1:52
Traffic recorded in Kathmandu by Colin Hunter.

"This recording from October 2008 highlights the intense traffic noise of Kathmandu. This was recorded …

3367: At Limassol harbour, Cyprus

August 14th, 2020

4:08

Industrial night time sounds from Limassol harbour in Cyprus - cranes beeping, ferry loading and night traffic in the background. Recorded by Marcel …

3363: Alla ricerca del silenzio perduto, in memory of Demetrios Stratos

August 14th, 2020

2:46
Limassol harbour reimagined by Giovanna Iorio.

"My piece is a tribute to Demetrios Stratos, Greek-Italian artist and to his research on the ritual …

3366: The hidden frequencies of beauty from the street

August 14th, 2020

1:17
Nepal traffic reimagined by A Box In The Sea.

"I heard this beautiful recording by Colin Hunter and it brought me instantly back to my time spent in …

3364: Birds and bells

August 14th, 2020

0:59
Normandy lockdown sound reimagined by Marg Laing.

"What could be more uplifting, defiant and hopeful than birds and bells? The chime of church bells …

3365: Eruptions at an Icelandic geyser

August 14th, 2020

0:37

Two eruptions in quick succession at the Strokkur geyser, Iceland. Recorded by Marcel Gnauk.

3363: Dehors La Nuit Est Gouvernée

August 14th, 2020

5:08
Montreal lockdown sound reimagined by Jon Nicholls.

"I was assigned a recording from Montreal – ‘La Nuit Gouvernée’, which is a somewhat mysterious …

3361: Kievskaya - Smolenskaya - Arbatskaya

August 13th, 2020

4:51
A journey on the elaborate and impressive Moscow metro system, taking in three stations: here you can listen to us taking the trip Kievskaya - …

3362: Mayakovskya

August 13th, 2020

3:52
Moscow metro journey reimagined by Hans Glib.

"Various sources of inspiration combined to make this:

"I'm fascinated by the sounds of machinery and often use it as a basis for my pieces., both as rhythm and pads. The …

3359: Another take on Salto

August 13th, 2020

3:16
Cascado Salto waterfall, Patagonia reimagined by Renato Ribeiro.

"Another take on Salto deals with the concept of constancy, and contrasts it with the concept of intermittence. In Another take on Salto, the original …

3360: Cascado Salto waterfall, Chile

August 13th, 2020

3:17
A three-hour walk along the banks of the river Pingo in Chilean Patagonia takes us through a lush, green forest and finally to the Cascado Salto …

3358: A ballad for the Davos billionaires

August 2nd, 2020

6:50
Helicopters above Davos at the World Economic Forum reimagined by Cities and Memory. 

It's the world's biggest gathering of leaders, and having experienced what it's like to be there, it really is like a …

3357: Helicopters bring in world leaders to the World Economic Forum

August 2nd, 2020

2:32
In January 2020 we attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

For one week every year, this high-end ski resort in the Swiss Alps …

3354: Embrace me, Arunachala

July 24th, 2020

6:25
Ashram bells reimagined by Mark Taylor. 

"As always with C&M projects, I did a lot of background reading into the social and cultural context of …

3356: 45.6170849,11.8532868 revisited

July 24th, 2020

3:46
Abbazia Pisani bells reimagined by Marc van de Griendt.

"Started by slicing together the not-quite-silences and random noises that lay between and around the bells in the original recording, then (slightly, and with …

3355: Italy rings in the new year

July 24th, 2020

2:29
The traditional morning bells ring out across every town in Italy on New Year's Day, as every individual campanile chimes in its own distinctive way. Here, we've recorded the New Year bells in the small town of Abbazia …

3353: Ashram bells, Tamil Nadu

July 24th, 2020

1:14
Tamil Nadu, India recording by Gianni Siccardi.

"Puja in Ramana ashram, I was fascinated by the sound of bells and by the connections with bells in western churches"

3352: Pitt Rivers lawn sound installation (Xqui Cambridge remix)

July 24th, 2020

4:33
Pitt Rivers sound installation reimagined by Xqui.

"I loved the "theremin" sound over the field recording of voices and bustle. I added a field …

3351: Sound installation at the Pitt Rivers Museum

July 24th, 2020

3:19
Recorded at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford as part of the Oxford Light Festival in November 2015. 

Across the lawn in front of the museum, dozens of …

3350: Don't be a fool, resist the air

July 19th, 2020

1:42
Monterrey, Mexico lockdown sound reimagined by Tilla Martin.

"From Mexico, I received a bird singing. In California voices in the air were rising, from silence, both became sounds of resistance."
Part of the …

3348: A pagan ritual in rural England

July 15th, 2020

5:25
Upon visiting an ancient historical site more than 5,000 years old in rural England, the Rollright Stones, we stumbled across a pagan May ritual …

3349: Walk the circle

July 15th, 2020

5:04
Rollright Stones pagan ritual reimagined by Andy Billington. 

"I wanted to keep the energy of the original recording and got somewhat transfixed with …

3347: Shenzhen Skateboarders (Andy Lyon reimagining)

July 15th, 2020

6:21
Skateboarders in Shenzen reimagined by Andy Lyon. 

"My idea was to use the recording in its entirety, building layered rhythmic elements using parts of the recording.  I've used synths sparsely, firstly to release to an …

3346: Skateboarding in Shenzen, China

July 15th, 2020

6:08
Shenzen, China recording by Simon James - "a group of people skateboarding in Shenzhen, China."


3345: Sounds from the lockdown in Thessaloniki

July 15th, 2020

2:32
Thessaloniki lockdown sound by Sophia Tolika. 

"During the lockdown in Thessaloniki, I made some field recordings mostly from the balcony of my …

3344: When the whales stop singing

July 11th, 2020

6:25
HMM Algeciras reimagined by Cities and Memory.

"The world's largest ship may well be an awesome feat of engineering, but it is also a stark warning of …

3343: The world's biggest cargo ship comes into dock

July 11th, 2020

4:33
After completing its maiden voyage during June 2020, the world's largest ship, the HMM Algeciras docks in Essex in the UK to unload cargo. 
The ship is, unbelievably, 400m long and 61m wide - which is longer than the …

3342: The fake buskers of Ben Arous

July 10th, 2020

2:49
Tunisian soundwalk reimagined by Cities and Memory.

"In the original field recording, we're following a soundwalk around a local neighbourhood in Ben …

3339: Pontocho Geiko performance, Kyoto

July 10th, 2020

10:29
Geiko performance in Kyoto recorded by Giulia Biasibetti.  

"As a Westerner, it is rare to see a performance by authentic Kyoto Geiko as only a few …

3341: Tunisian neighbourhood soundwalk

July 10th, 2020

3:31
Ben Arous, Tunisia soundwalk recorded by Mohsen Ben Hadj Salem.

"A soundwalk in the courtyards and plots of my residence, spying on neighbours by walking slowly to next to their windows."

3340: The walking song

July 10th, 2020

2:50
Philadelphia lockdown sound reimagined by Richard Watts.

"I love the description given for the original recording. I have tried to capture the rhythm of walking using samples of shoes on gravel from the original. I have …

3338: OK Geiko

July 10th, 2020

8:28
Kyoto Geiko performance reimagined by Nick St. George.

"OK Geiko is another step along my road towards more abstract composition, moving away from narrative and the use of spoken word. 

"This is an exercise in pure sound …

3337: Attenzione!

July 10th, 2020

3:54
Milan lockdown sound reimagined by Richard Watts. 

"In the original recording there is a sense of normality before the "Stay at home" announcement which I like. I have used a sample of the background noise and treated it …

3336: Sao Paulo Apartamento Miniature

July 10th, 2020

3:12
Sao Paulo apartment lockdown sound reimagined by Keith de Mendonca.

"I selected a recording made by Rafael Bezzon in an apartment in Sao Paolo. It …

3335: Have a safe day

July 10th, 2020

4:16
New York Grand Central lockdown sound reimagined by Logan Austeja Daniel.

"These are the sounds that have intensified in my neighborhood - the infrastructure and the machines made more evident as the people shelter in …

3334: MinaCity 2020

July 10th, 2020

5:52
Oxford Circus, London lockdown sound reimagined by Camilla Fanning.

"The sound was just so normal, it reminded me of travel and short city hops. I …

3333: On the beach, breathless

July 7th, 2020

15:00
Wagga Beach, Australia reimagined by Richard Gadd.

"I wanted to contrast the openness of the beach to the confines of of suffering in bed, ventilated, possibly in an induced coma. The bird sounds provided me with a rich …

3333: On Wagga Beach

July 7th, 2020

7:00
"Wagga Wagga is a city on the Murrumbidgee River and the beach was recently named one of the top ten in Australia, despite being around 300km inland. 

3332: Bergensk life

July 5th, 2020

3:05
Norwegian harbour sounds reimagined by Cities and Memory. 

"The field recording on its own was somewhat enigmatic, and tricky to gauge what was going on in the surroundings, so I checked out some images of Bergen and was …

3331: Life in a Norwegian harbour

July 5th, 2020

2:46
Field recording from Bergen, Norway by Peter Barnard. 

"This recording took place in Cappes vei near the Bergen Cathedral (Domkirken). In the recording you can hear bells from the cathedral in the distance and footsteps …

3330: I'm sure there's stuff going on here

July 4th, 2020

1:52
Davos church bells reimagined by Jason Pinches.

"I couldn't help but go quite cinematic with this one. There are a lot of sonic elements so I tried to …

3329: Church bells at the World Economic Forum

July 4th, 2020

2:14

During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the bells of the tiny church ring out across the town as usual - but the town has a completely …

3328: Waking up, staying up

June 27th, 2020

5:44
Spring in Tehran reimagined by Alan Bleay.

"The birds of dawn are the starting point of another day for which I have tried to reflect in the journey …

3327: Fenêtre sur cour

June 24th, 2020

15:00
Marseilles lockdown sound reimagined by Ian McArthur. 

"My composition consists of digitally processed layers of the original file augmented with synths and guitar plus the original file."
Part of the #StayHomeSounds …

3324: Silence Please

June 23rd, 2020

10:31
Rome's Pantheon reimagined by Dave Webb.

"The Pantheon is such an enormous space with a huge reverb. I timestretched the sample and layered it with a …

3323: Hong Kong Airport 2020

June 23rd, 2020

3:12
Hong Kong airport reimagined by Keisuke Oki.

"The airport terminal train at Hong Kong Airport has been carrying travelers from all over the world. The train now may carry the uncertain future of Hong Kong."

3326: Cantus Quercu

June 23rd, 2020

4:27
New Orleans singing tree reimagined by Richard Watts.

"The basis of the piece is what an Oak tree would sound like if it was really singing. I've used …

3325: The fiction we have become

June 23rd, 2020

4:15
Venice Beach skaters reimagined by Jeff Dungfelder.

"For my piece “The fiction we have become” I have deconstructed a field recording of a skateboarder in Venice CA, and fragmented the sounds into futuristic textures. My …

3320: Walking through Hong Kong airport

June 23rd, 2020

6:00

Airport ambience recorded in Hong Kong's airport by Marcel Gnauk.

3322: Skateboarding on Venice Beach

June 23rd, 2020

5:15
Los Angeles recording by Rob Godman.

"A recording of a skate park on Venice. Notable sounds include the ubiquitous ‘alpha’ male who was critiquing the …

3321: Silence in the Pantheon, please!

June 23rd, 2020

1:17
Sound from the Pantheon, Rome, recorded by Rob Godman.

"The beautiful ambience within Rome’s Pantheon was punctuated by a loud repetitive public …

3319: The singing oak

June 23rd, 2020

2:24
New Orleans singing oak recorded by Silas van der Swaagh.

"The Singing Oak, or Chime Tree, provides shade and coordinated melodies from the beautiful …

3318: A taste of money

June 19th, 2020

5:20
Bank of England, London lockdown sound reimagined by Simon Woods.

"The original field recording is outside the Bank of England on Threadneedle street. My reimagined piece is made entirely out of money. "Coins are spun, …

3317: A storm in a lockdown

June 18th, 2020

6:14
Oxford lockdown sound recorded by Cities and Memory.

"Well into the third month of lockdown here in the UK, and today's thunderstorms confining us all to quarters is a reminder that so far during lockdown we have - as a …

3316: Ex ossibus - Padova subsumed

June 17th, 2020

4:53
Padova lockdown sound reimagined by Peter Hodgkinson.

"The original sound recording seemed to contain 2 conflicting atmospheres, claustrophobia and openness. There are intimate street scenes and distant ambiance. There …

3315: The city sings with electricity

June 15th, 2020

5:19
Outside the Bodleian Library, Oxford during lockdown reimagined by Cities and Memory. 

"The silence in the city centre, outside the world-famous Bodleian Library, was one of those strangely pervasive, slightly sinister …

3314: Bagley Wood lockdown (Andy Lyon reimagining)

June 15th, 2020

9:10
Bagley Wood, Oxford during lockdown reimagined by Andy Lyon.

"The idea with this piece was to keep the essence of the field recording, layering orchestration, drones and subtle glitchy effects to contrast with the …

3313: Still Nowruz

June 12th, 2020

4:31
Iranian lockdown sound reimagined by Alex Hehir.

"The original recording immediately got my attention as the noise of two musicians playing outside, with very little else, just sounded awesome.

"The stereo profile is also …

3312: Manhattan Friday morning symphony

June 12th, 2020

3:39
New York lockdown sound recorded by Andrew Marcus. 

"In this recording we can hear a fire truck, construction on a new building, traffic, cars honking, and the general background noise of Manhattan becoming more and more …

3311: One string bass and a night train in Toowoomba

June 12th, 2020

5:43
Toowoomba coal train reimagined by Clelia Ciardulli.

"The piece spoke to me about solitude in the night, listening to the bare essential structures …

3308: Bird cage craftsmen, Hoi An

June 12th, 2020

0:36
"One of the main traditional hobbies of the locals is to build and adorn bird cages. The Hanoi bird market became the centre of creativity where craftsmen villagers whittle the bamboo splints to make the bottom of cages …

3309: Hoi An night market

June 12th, 2020

0:54
"Night markets have their own character and are popular destinations for local people and travellers alike. Hoi An night market is widely known as …

3310: Hoi An Lantern Festival

June 12th, 2020

3:54
"One of the most spiritual traditions of Vietnam is the transcendental Hoi An Lantern Festival. History tells that Japanese travellers brought along ​the art of shaping​ lanterns which they use to decorate their homes. …

3306: River cruise, Hoi An

June 12th, 2020

1:06
"The riverside​ remains the lifeblood to this town ​as all the streets in the Old Town run to the river’s edge. The riverside is the main point where locals and tourists gather together during the daylight. 

"The view is …

3307: The droning sea, Hoi An

June 12th, 2020

0:59
"Vietnam might not top the list of the most beautiful gold sand beaches although it does feature a quite stunning coastline along with the quiet …

3305: Siren virus, 2020

June 12th, 2020

3:06
Chicago lockdown sound reimagined by Maya Nguen.

"Siren virus dwells in the material entrails of the sounds of the pandemic. A recording of ambulance …

3305: Sirens over Chicago

June 12th, 2020

1:06
Chicago lockdown sound recorded by Maya Nguen.

"April, Chicago. two sounds rise over the technological din of the city during a pandemic: ambulance …

3304: Times Square monologue

June 12th, 2020

6:33
Times Square, New York under lockdown reimagined by Patrick Bridge.

"I was interested in the rhythm of the voice, the reference to covid 19 and the brief personal story it contained. I layered this exchange in a pretty …

3303: Lockdown Manhattan

June 11th, 2020

4:40
New York lockdown sound recorded by Peggy Nelson.

"Sounds captured during several walks around lockdown Manhattan during the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020. Walks started in East Harlem at 110th Street, and headed down …

3302: Spoken Tale "Navidad en verano"

June 11th, 2020

9:08
Sabadell, Spain lockdown sound recorded by Pura Hurtado.

"One friend of mine has been recording spoken tales along the days of the lockdown, I upload one from her town."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting …

3301: De-evolution of the millennial lunch break

June 11th, 2020

0:47
New York lockdown sound by Rachel Eisenberg.

"The relative quiet and brief interlude of birds and running water (from our little man-made pond) on the deck of my parents house. At the end, you can hear my mom ask if I'm …

3300: Rhodes Must Fall protest in Oxford, UK - Black Lives Matter

June 10th, 2020

11:40
On 9 June 2020, following two weeks of global Black Lives Matters protests, and following the toppling of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in …

3299: Terraza a la autopista

June 9th, 2020

6:31
Buenos Aires lockdown sound recorded by Claudio Barros.

"This is a recording made from the door of my studio that overlooks a small terrace, in the middle of the afternoon, located 50 meters from the "25 de Mayo Highway" …

3298: Lockdown days

June 9th, 2020

3:34
Barcelona lockdown sound recorded by Rafael Cozar.

"During the days of the mandatory confinement by the coronavirus, every day at eight o'clock all the neighbours left to their balconies to applaud health workers and …

3297: Echo

June 9th, 2020

2:07
Klaipeda, Lithuania lockdown sound recorded by Odetta Prall.

"This sound I created with my close friend during isolation time, it was interesting to …

3296: For the country

June 8th, 2020

2:48
Sound of an NHS worker preparing protective equipment reimagined by Cristina Marras.

"I spent 2 months in full lockdown in Italy. I was allowed to get …

3293: Lockdown cafes in South Korea

June 7th, 2020

1:30
South Korea lockdown sound recorded by Sehyun.

"Sometimes I use a cafe or restaurant. When using such a place, people must wear masks. And there are essentially hand sanitizers in these places."

Part of the …

3292: Working inside in Arnhem

June 7th, 2020

1:54
Arnhem, Netherlands sound recorded by Fleur.

"I am a graphic design student and working from home has been extremely difficult. Art school online is a …

3291: Daily sounds in Arnhem

June 7th, 2020

3:50
Arnhem, Netherlands lockdown sound recorded by Eunju Park.

"This is the daily sounds in my room. Recently, I hear these three sounds the most: car passing sounds, birds singing, and typing keyboard sounds."

Part of the …

3294: Campo de Fiori in lockdown

June 7th, 2020

2:09
Rome lockdown sound recorded by Francesco Tomei.

"During phase 2 of the lockdown, a city like Rome has seen its inhabitants live again its streets, squares and markets. No tourists on the streets, just locals, workers, …

3295: Morning chirping in Carpi

June 7th, 2020

2:43
Carpi, Italy lockdown sound recorded by Giulio Corghi. 

"At home during Italian lockdown. early morning. birds chirping and some town noise in …

3296: Sirens at dawn in Brasilia

June 7th, 2020

1:13
Brasilia lockdown sound recorded by Beatriz Sousa.

"This record was recorded in a region of Brasília-DF that is not usually very quiet. However, since the pandemic, we have been watching birds share space with the …

3290: A portrait of America in 2020

May 28th, 2020

4:37
Piece based on Personification of America by Cities and Memory. 

"The concept of personifying America in an artwork led me to think of how we might personify America here and now, in 2020 and in the midst of a global …

3289: Street beats

May 28th, 2020

5:09
Piece based on boombox from Do The Right Thing by Alan Bleay.

"I can still remember the feeling of wonder at being able to have a portable music …

3288: Coming home

May 28th, 2020

5:00
Piece based on Apollo 11 command module by Karhide.

"This piece started as an idea with the command module starting its return to Earth. It was …

3284: The "Go Home and Stay Home" Radio Club At Home

May 28th, 2020

1:59
La Paz lockdown sound reimagined by Emmy Tither.

"I've been listening to a lot of, and all sorts of, radio these past few months. It's almost like the sound of other people coming through the radio waves makes up for not …

3286: Paris in the spring

May 28th, 2020

6:15
Paris lockdown sound reimagined by Neil Stringfellow.

"I loved this recording from Paris, France.I just let the recording play and to start with improvised sounds on top. I did a few takes and then started to edit the …

3285: Deep Away

May 28th, 2020

5:50
North Indian monastery lockdown sound reimagined by Concha Garcia.

"During these weeks of confinement, listening to an “outside” that speaks of a distant environment may be the starting point for triggering an “inside”, …

3287: The Ballad of Coronasilence feat. Hugh Sykes

May 28th, 2020

4:18
London lockdown sound reimagined by Sherman and Field.

"We particularly responded to the focus on silence in the field recording. The absence of one …

3280: Bullfrogs mating

May 28th, 2020

0:31
Vancouver, Canada lockdown sound recorded by Laura Barron.

"My refuge during the pandemic has been the park right behind my home, where I walk every morning with my husband before work.  There, every day I'm bathed in …

3282: Morning birds compete with Kiev traffic

May 28th, 2020

14:52
Kiev, Ukraine lockdown sound recorded by Mariana.

"The soundscape was recorded on May 15th, 5 am, it documents the 64th day of quarantine in Kyiv, Ukraine. You may hear the early birds choir singing on top of the sounds …

3281: Air ambulance helicopter with birds and rabbit

May 28th, 2020

2:00
Toronto lockdown sound recorded by Jonathan Spencer.

"5:45AM. An air ambulance helicopter passes overhead, bringing a patient from from a hospital up …

3283: My safe environment

May 28th, 2020

1:27
Heteren, Netherlands lockdown sound recorded by Julia Gerritsen.

"During these circumstances, I try new things that I can do indoors. An example is …

3279: Lockheed Vega 5B

May 27th, 2020

1:33
Piece based on Lockheed Vega 5B by Adrian Williams (Things Being Various)

"I wanted to make a piece that evoked feelings of flight, given the Smithsonian treasure chosen, and to make it light and airy. 

"I also decided to …

3265: Flights of vengeance

May 27th, 2020

5:16
Piece based on V-1 missile by Richard Watts.

"The piece is based on an imagined flight of a V1. The white noise and pulse sound are supposed to be the …

3275: Silver Print

May 27th, 2020

4:41
Piece based on Gelatin silver print of Paul Monday playing the piano by Neil Stringfellow. 

"After first thinking I had a good idea I struggled with …

3276: One Dilla Land

May 27th, 2020

1:59
Piece based on J Dilla's MPC by Adam Hulbert.

"J Dilla’s MPC 3000 was a portal to another, fresher, place, where nothing was quite as expected. In his …

3277: Phyllosoma

May 27th, 2020

3:26
Piece based on Phyllosoma by Thomas Haighton.

"This piece was inspired by pictures of different types of phyllosoma by Dr. Martin W. Johnson. Phyllosoma are crustacean larvae but the still look a lot like insects. In the …

3278: Lonesome Spring Frolic

May 27th, 2020

2:26
Piece based on prehensile-tailed porcupine by Michelle Breslin.

"Being in isolation and away from the woods conjured up the memory of being free in …

3279: Lorelei

May 27th, 2020

6:23
Piece based on Lorelei painting by Ursula Bravo.

"The myth and the perspective represented was the key. That trapped soul in her own curse for being …

3280: Knights of the Grip

May 27th, 2020

4:41
Piece based on Knights of the grip tag by Richard Watts.

"I wanted to capture the loneliness and a sense of being on the road as a salesman in this piece. I've used a repeating beat like a train or bus journey. I've also …

3265: Tu vas pas m'attraper

May 27th, 2020

3:19
Piece based on worrying mother pig toy by Tilla Martin.

"The Smithsonian item illustrated, an American folk art child toy, communicates the touch and …

3282: Sound walk in the morning rain

May 27th, 2020

2:01
Piece based on To Miss Wheaton: Religion by Lina Chang.

"This recording was made through a series of sound walks that were captured within my home during quarantine and during my walks on Sunday afternoons. Inspired by a …

3283: UMcertain

May 27th, 2020

13:47
Piece based on the Statue of Liberty by Bev Boyd.

"It moved to me to think about emigration to the United States from the perspectives of two English emigrants and one native New Yorker, whose ancestors fled Europe at …

3299: The airship lament

May 27th, 2020

5:24
Piece based on The Air Ship Waltz by Shaun Malone.

"Since it was sheet music I immediately wanted to know how it sounded - I could not find the music …

3298: Torn

May 27th, 2020

4:51
Piece based on Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral by Phil Smith.

"The reason I chose this item from the list of Smithsonian Treasures was, I think, because it looked like something I might instinctively shy …

3300: Number sixty

May 27th, 2020

2:14
Piece based on Gelatin silver print of Paul Monday playing the piano by Heiko Jay.

"I was inspired to do a "blues" track by searching some info about …

3274: Valentino : Pale Hands, Where Are You Now?

May 27th, 2020

6:37
Piece based on Rudolph Valentino image by Kenneth Lyons.

"The sepia-toned, high contrast 1925 photo portrait of silent movie star, Rudolph Valentino …

3273: Blades

May 27th, 2020

6:46
Piece based on Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II "Spirit of Texas" by Ricardo Paraíso Silvestre.

"I imagine that circumnavigating the world in a helicopter …

3266: Olii

May 27th, 2020

9:34
Piece based on four pieces of a mouth organ by Joe Pino.

"Simple tones from the past leaking into the present. Spectral manipulation in Kyma."

Part of …

3272: Discovery

May 27th, 2020

10:24
Piece based on Discovery shuttle by Ian Haygreen.

"Since it was about the space shuttle Discovery, astronomy and space-related subjects have interested me since childhood,, I knew that NASA had sound files on their …

3268: Smith's Onion (A Burlesque on a Burlesque)

May 27th, 2020

19:55
Piece baed on Charlie Chaplin poster by Daniel Olson.

"By the time I became aware of the Smithsonian Treasures project, there were not many items available, but having previously worked with themes or elements from …

3271: Reverie

May 27th, 2020

3:51
Piece based on dog-powered treadmill by Mike Tupling.

"I was fascinated by the picture of the dog treadmill and, having dogs of my own, wondered how they might behave in such a device. The piece, which is really just a …

3270: Telegranular

May 27th, 2020

1:07
Piece based on telegraph sounder and speaking telephone by John Wiggins.

"Such early technology, I had to use granular synthesis to go back in time …

3267: I Love A Piano - Jungle Radio

May 27th, 2020

4:13
Piece based on photo of Irving Berlin by Glenn Sogge.

"I think of this as one of a series of Counterfeit Pieces. Imagine being in a jungle with a radio and scanning for entertainment. Counterfeit birds, counterfeit rain, …

3265: Tempo tempo

May 27th, 2020

7:35
Piece based on creeping baby doll patent model by Robin Bale.

"This piece was a response to the “Creeping Baby”, a prototype crawling baby doll in the …

3266: Nocturnal

May 27th, 2020

2:49
Piece based on "The Girl I Left Behind Me" by Stormy.

"Watching this treasure quickly aroused in me the desire to express a ghostly presence. Disturbing night rumbles, memories of a voice, a few wild notes from Leos …

3267: Benjamin Franklin

May 27th, 2020

2:35
Piece based on Benjamin Franklin painting by Rosie Julin.

"I was inspired by Ben Franklin's breadth and depth of pursuits. He was truly a man ahead of …

3268: Abraham Thinkin'

May 27th, 2020

2:54
Piece based on Abraham Lincoln painting by Ben Van De Water.

"When I was looking through the prompts, I was struck by the portrait of Abraham Lincoln. …

3269: Elision

May 27th, 2020

12:20
Piece based on Thomas Edison painting by Keira Simmons.

"In this piece I was interested in exploring Edison’s early wax cylinder phonograph …

3270: The Marey Reel

May 27th, 2020

2:44
Piece based on "Marey Reel photographs of unidentified model" by Paul Collins.

"I was initially made aware of chronophotography while at studying art …

3272: The Fisherman's Daughter

May 27th, 2020

5:40
Piece based on Charles Webster Hawthorne painting by Baying Ridges. 

"It is very hard to capture in words how this amazing painting moved me.  I …

3271: Margot Perot

May 27th, 2020

5:25
Piece based on Margot Perot image by Brent Tomchik.

"On the cusp of discovering her own self in Baltimore, she fell in love with Ross Perot on a blind date and married him; never to become the social worker she was …

3273: Spitfire

May 27th, 2020

6:46
Piece based on Supermarine Spitfire by Jeff Holland.

"This piece reflects the take-off, swooping majesty, and deadly impact of the Spitfire aircraft …

3264: Moonshine

May 24th, 2020

5:05
Piece based on DJ tweeters by Michael Lilley.

"This treasure is named as Tweeters used as part of a DJ setup and categorised under hip hop music, which (semi-tangentially) led me to think about sampling.... 

"Every sound …

3263: Rakim's Loop

May 24th, 2020

4:25
Piece based on Rakim's microphone by Borys Kossakowski. 

"A piece inspired by the Item Number 61 - Cordless microphone used by Rakim to record The 18th Letter.

I dare to say that we are friends with Rakim now. For the …

3262: Things are weird and things are sad

May 24th, 2020

2:54
Piece based on MacCameron's Waiting for the Doctor by Emmy Tither.

"It's impossible not to make a connection between the piece, and the feelings in it, with what is happening globally right now. Things are weird and …

3261: The death of Cleopatra

May 24th, 2020

3:31
Piece based on The Death of Cleopatra by Cara Kelly. 

"I first became aware of the artist, sculptor Edmonia Lewis and her work 'The Death of …

3260: Reverie of Angels

May 24th, 2020

5:27
Piece based on Angel by Mark Taylor.

"The inspiration for the music came very much from the background story behind the picture – Abbott Henderson’s …

3259: The dreams of Albert Potter

May 24th, 2020

4:46
Piece based on Albert Potter's Modern Music by Jeff Dungfelder. 

""The dreams of Albert Potter" is a composition based on a linoleum cut on paper from …

3263: Walt Whitman

May 24th, 2020

6:23
Piece based on Walt Whitman photograph by Nick St. George.

"Walt Whitman was a fascinating character. Probably gay (difficult in 19th C America), his …

3262: Sputnik

May 24th, 2020

3:12
Piece based on Sputnik model by Martin Juenke.

"'Sputnik' contains a musicbox playing the national anthem of Russia, additional sampled sounds coming from the Russian POLIVOKS synth, a computer generated voice reading …

3261: Sorrow

May 24th, 2020

4:58
Piece based on Rodin's Head of Sorrow by Richard Watts. 

"I thought that it would be interesting to explore the feelings of sorrow during the …

3260: A Type of Jazz

May 24th, 2020

3:24
Piece based on vintage typewriter by Tom Thompson.

"The vintage typewriter image inspired me to create this down tempo jazzy flavored composition.  I played guitar for the melody lead but used digital and analog effects …

3259: A Night in the Park

May 24th, 2020

3:12
Piece based on Edward Hopper's A Night in the Park by Ollie Campbell.

"I chose this etching by Edward Hopper to reimagine because I really liked the texture in the piece and the dark, lonely atmosphere created by the …

3259: All the waves were women

May 24th, 2020

3:52
Piece based on articulated sailor model by Richard Watts.

"The piece has two parts to it. The first is as if the Sailor is speaking to you about his …

3257: Kurtis Blow's jacket

May 24th, 2020

8:22
Piece based on Kurtis Blow's jacket. 

"I took the catalogue description and fed it into Google Translate. The output was turned into a WAV which was …

3258: Everyone knows I'm not a liar

May 24th, 2020

3:59
Piece based on "Murder on Lennox Ave." poster by Richard Watts. 

"I always enjoy doing something dark. I managed to find a copy of the film on the Internet Archive so sampled some of the dialogue and the title music. …

3256: Golden poison frog

May 24th, 2020

3:24
Piece based on Golden Poison Frog by Odette Johnson. 

"The Golden Poison Frog  is of the species phyllobates terribilis and is found in the pacific …

3255: Renewal

May 24th, 2020

5:42
Piece based on "The Violinist" by Fernando Cerqueira.

"The loneliness of the violinist."

Part of the Smithsonian Treasures project, a collection of new …

3254: Washing Fabric

May 24th, 2020

5:46
Piece based on Japanese artwork by Andy Lyon.

"There's an element of mystery to the picture. It appears to be set in the mountains with a picture of Mount Fuji in the top left.  

"There isn't really a background, this …

3251: What's my name?

May 24th, 2020

9:14
Piece based on Muhammed Ali's headgear by Eva Quirentia Mansson.

"Muhammad Ali, being one of the absolutely most fascinating people on earth, is …

3253: An Ode to Lady Day

May 24th, 2020

1:24
Piece based on Billie Holiday photo by Stephanie Merchak.

"I've always loved jazz and when I saw that a photo of Billie Holiday was among the …

3250: Armstrong 2020

May 24th, 2020

2:32
Louis Armstrong's trumpet reimagined by Simon Woods with Phil Nicholas.

"On a walk through the Smithsonian Museum, a father and daughter encounter …

3249: Three Women

May 23rd, 2020

8:17
Piece based on Bhairavi Ragini artwork by Marie-Cecile Reber.

"I have used my field recordings for this piece. As a musical concept I have adopted the different levels of the image. It was also important to me to …

3248: Sonogram Manipulation of Patent Model for a Feathering Paddle Wheel, 1877

May 23rd, 2020

0:48
Piece based on paddle wheel image by Dan Gusset.

"I have used an image to audio converter to create eight audio samples for 45 degree rotations of the …

3246: Frida Kahlo: a portrait in sound

May 23rd, 2020

7:22
Piece based on Frida Kahlo portrait by Richard Gadd.

"This portrait is unusual in that it is not a self-portrait, perhaps the form Frida Kahlo is best known for. It is what an other else in her. I am struck by her …

3247: Angela

May 23rd, 2020

3:38
Piece based on Angela Davis poster by Keisuke Oki.

"Angela Davis is an American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author. The poster I …

3245: Singer Song

May 23rd, 2020

4:44
Piece based on Singer sewing machine by Dave Webb.

"I liked the idea of the repetitiveness of a sewing machine but as it is hand cranked, it will be a little arrhythmic. 

"As I don't have access to a hand cranked machine …

3244: The Stock Ticker in Times of Change

May 23rd, 2020

1:28
Piece based on stock ticker by Jukka-Pekka Piimies. 

"The stock ticker has an interesting relation to time: as a machine, it revolves at a set pace, …

3243: Charlie's on the 'H'

May 23rd, 2020

3:52
Piece based on Charlie Parker's saxophone by Daryn Brown.

"Charlie Parker was a legendary saxophonist but also a massive heroin addict. What I tried …

3241: Century soundwalk

May 23rd, 2020

8:40
Epping Forest lockdown sound recorded by Andy Popperwell.

"Since the Covid-19 crisis began, I've been keeping a diary.  I was inspired by my grandfather, whose diaries from the First World War are my most treasured …

3242: College graduation

May 23rd, 2020

19:02
Los Angeles lockdown sound recorded by Ray Connelly. 

"This recording is at the time my friends and I were supposed to graduate college. Recorded …

3240: BeesWax

May 22nd, 2020

8:06
Epping Forest lockdown sound recorded by Jeff Dungfelder.

"When asked to reimagine and remix the sounds of the Covid-19 lockdown, I chose a field recording of bees from the Epping Forest in the United Kingdom. Usually …

3239: Slip Away

May 22nd, 2020

3:50
Genoa lockdown sound reimagined by Tom Thompson.

"I definitely could relate to the desire and need of slipping away to the waters edge and listening …

3238: Cherry Blossoms

May 22nd, 2020

4:12
Tokyo lockdown sound reimagined by Martin Juenke.

"The back bone of this track is the traditional Japanese melody SAKURA or CHERRY BLOSSOM, which is played in several arrangements on different instruments against the …

3237: Vienna Opera House memory

May 22nd, 2020

6:22
Vienna lockdown sound reimagined by Tim Kahn.

"I first used maps and street views to look and see what this place was like before the lockdown. It looked busy and noisy. I was given this recording randomly, I like the …

3236: A Pause to Applaud

May 22nd, 2020

15:18
Malaga lockdown sound reimagined by Dave Webb.

"There was so much source material in this recording. The claps, the birds, the live music in the …

3235: Silencing Trafalgar Square

May 22nd, 2020

5:00
London lockdown sound reimagined by Jason Mundok.

"According to the original sound description and upon listening to the recording, “Silence in Trafalgar Square”, it was clear that this space had far less people than …

3234: Tamales

May 22nd, 2020

3:22
Mexico City lockdown sound reimagined by John Tenney.

"Isolation and longing have been big parts of the pandemic for many people. Here, a woman in her …

3233: Dawn chorus in Florence

May 22nd, 2020

4:00
Florence lockdown sound reimagined by Jase Warner.

"‘Dawn chorus in Florence’ is a composition that uses elements of a field recording by Valerio Orlandini. The recording was taken at dawn in Florence near the borders of …

3232: Fora Bolsonaro

May 22nd, 2020

5:53
Belo Horizonte lockdown sound reimagined by Andy Billington. 

"The original field recording is very powerful detailing the dissatisfaction with …

3231: Peace has a price

May 22nd, 2020

4:59
Brasilia lockdown sound reimagined by Kim Goldsmith.

"This 8-track mix includes 5’00 of the original sound recording as the hero of the remix, …

3230: Why are you clapping?

May 22nd, 2020

4:09
London lockdown sound reimagined by Michael Lilley.

"Using endlesss.fm, my go to for pretty much everything audio based, I made this remix with a combination of in-app synths and FX plus I piped in the additional …

3229: Passing of Time in the Pandemic

May 22nd, 2020

5:56
Guadalajara lockdown sound reimagined by Millie Wissar. 

"While in quarantine I experienced stillness of time, fear, joy, sadness, connection with others and mostly hope. Time felt different while in quarantine. It …

3228: Lockdown WHO?

May 22nd, 2020

1:05
Rio de Janeiro lockdown sound reimagined by Marcela Echeverri. 

"I worked with the recording of a prerecorded warning message being played on the streets of Rio de Janeiro asking people to stay home, wash their hands and …

3227: The Island Of Birdsong (Xqui MLB Remix)

May 22nd, 2020

6:32
Heraklion lockdown sound reimagined by Xqui.

"We're living in difficult times and maybe appreciating more of the world around us.  The sounds of …

3226: Scops Owl World

May 22nd, 2020

2:10
Thessaloniki lockdown sound reimagined by Angela Winter.

"The scops owl's voice, hidden before coronavirus quieted Thessaloniki, lured me into a dreamlike world. I began to wonder: What do owls hear when they sing within …

3225: Piombino

May 22nd, 2020

6:00
Piombino lockdown sound reimagined by Anthony Lyons. 

"I was drawn to the sound of the ringing bells of Piombino as markers of time, memory and experience during the lockdown period. The bells ringing every 30 minutes, …

3224: St Margaret's Drone

May 22nd, 2020

2:00
Oxford lockdown sound reimagined by Daryn Brown.

"I love a pump organ. only played one once but this sound appealed to me. I didn't take my usual approach of stretching the hell out of it, I wanted to use the sound …

3223: Great Tom

May 22nd, 2020

5:14
Oxford lockdown sound reimagined by Ruth Knight. 

"My Piece "Great Tom' features the bell 'Great Tom' in Tom Tower at Christ Church College, Oxford. …

3222: I.A.

May 22nd, 2020

3:37
Dubbo, Australia lockdown sounds reimagined by Luca Castaldo.

"My piece is called I.A.That in Italian means the same as A.I.(artificial intelligence)and it's just a name. In this work i enjoyed overturning the …

3221: To Save Paris in a Day

May 22nd, 2020

7:14
Paris lockdown sound reimagined by Vlad Suppish. 

"When first heard this field recording I was inclined to make some intricate rhythms with those …

3219: Big friendly giant

May 22nd, 2020

7:32
Helsinki lockdown sound (storytelling for socially-distanced children) reimagined by WHΛLTHISИEY.

"A good spoken word piece always inspires me."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting and reimagining the sounds …

3220: A guitar in the snow

May 22nd, 2020

4:52
Swedish lockdown sound reimagined by Nick St. George. 

"A rare piece for me, in that there is no spoken word and no narrative! I was inspired by the field recording to simply create an adventure in sound. Maybe this was …

3218: Wind is free energy

May 22nd, 2020

6:21
Oxford lockdown sound reimagined by Eva Mansson.

"Without air, we cannot breathe. 

"The wind, unlike so many other sources of energy, is free and never ending.

"Combining the drone of a wind turbine in Oxford with my own …

3217: Alfama_soundwalk {AN} EeL remix)

May 22nd, 2020

4:10
Lisbon lockdown sound reimagined by {AN} EeL.

"It was interesting to me hearing some of the patterns in the recording, and in my mix I was wanting to place emphasis (albeit subtly so) on some of the repeated patterns …

3216: Covid Station

May 22nd, 2020

6:04
Grand Central, New York lockdown sound reimagined by Ariel Mioduser.

"I found this sound so appealing because Grand Central station represents in a way such an opposite to the situation we’re going through now – one of …

3215: Three Quarantine Mirages

May 22nd, 2020

13:02
Californian lockdown sound reimagined by John Roach.

"At first I was drawn to these sounds, recorded by Nathan Moody, because they were captured in Northern California where I grew up, geographically and mentally far …

3214: 808 Take

May 22nd, 2020

2:51
Mexican lockdown sound reimagined by Bassling.

"It was fascinating to hear the trumpet and drum beat traveling around the city. There are only a few times of the year when you'd hear a musical performance on the streets …

3213: Slow-moving freight train

May 22nd, 2020

6:43
New York lockdown sound recorded by John Roach.

"Traffic - that's what you usually hear when you record in NYC. I decided to use this Covid …
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