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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 on a mission to remix the world.What you'll hear in the podcast are our latest sounds - either a field recording from somewhere in the world, or a remixed new composition based solely on those sounds. Each podcast description tells you more about what you're hearing, and where it came from.There are more than 4,000 sounds featured on our sound map, spread over more than 100 countries and territories. The sounds cover parts of the world as diverse as the hubbub of San Francisco’s main station, traditional fishing women’s songs at Lake Turkana, the sound of computer data centres in Birmingham, spiritual temple chanting in New Taipei City or the hum of the vaporetto engines in Venice. You can explore the project in full at http://www.citiesandmemory.com

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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 on a mission to remix the world.What you'll hear in the podcast are our latest sounds - either a field recording from somewhere in the world, or a remixed new composition based solely on those sounds. Each podcast description tells you more about what you're hearing, and where it came from.There are more than 4,000 sounds featured on our sound map, spread over more than 100 countries and territories. The sounds cover parts of the world as diverse as the hubbub of San Francisco’s main station, traditional fishing women’s songs at Lake Turkana, the sound of computer data centres in Birmingham, spiritual temple chanting in New Taipei City or the hum of the vaporetto engines in Venice. You can explore the project in full at http://www.citiesandmemory.com

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This is a gift

By diana dubois - May 14 2018
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Wow keep up the great work. This series is truly a gift!! Hope this project continues, would love to see what obscure sound archives they tap into. It feels like when you’re a little kid, and you just pass the picture book age. When your mind feels so alive with the mental pictures, based on l what you’re hearing your parents read. It’s exhilarating.

Awesome Sonic Mapping!

By beenThere 03 - Oct 05 2016
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Wow what a great podcast —thanks

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This is a gift

By diana dubois - May 14 2018
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Wow keep up the great work. This series is truly a gift!! Hope this project continues, would love to see what obscure sound archives they tap into. It feels like when you’re a little kid, and you just pass the picture book age. When your mind feels so alive with the mental pictures, based on l what you’re hearing your parents read. It’s exhilarating.

Awesome Sonic Mapping!

By beenThere 03 - Oct 05 2016
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Wow what a great podcast —thanks
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Cities and Memory - remixing the world

Latest release on Sep 25, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 3099: The bells of Canmore, Alberta at 7 pm

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Canmore, Canada lockdown sound recorded by Greg Wooley.

"Canmore is a mountain town, usually filled with tourists - particularly on weekends.  Since the pandemic was declared, nearly all tourist services have ended.  

"Grocery stores and pharmacies are open, and some restaurants offer take out or delivery service, but that's about it. There has been extremely good local compliance to self-isolation, and when people do go out for a walk they are keeping their distance. We are encouraged by the number of communities world-wide where these protocols are followed. 

"At 7 pm each evening, people are encouraged to make joyful noise to thank the frontline workers who are still providing essential services, and the downtown Churches are ringing their bells!  Ralph Connor Memorial United Church and St. Michael's Anglican Church both date from the early 1890s, and are among the 4 oldest buildings downtown."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

Apr 19 2020

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Rank #2: 3174: Backyard quarantine in Lisbon

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Lisbon lockdown sound recorded by Xavier Ovidio.

"This sound was recorded from the backyard of my apartment that is usually a noisy place since its possible to ear the cars and ambulances crossing one of the main avenues towards the city centre, Av. Almirante Reis, and a lot of planes since we have the airport in the city. 

"With the confinement the sounds I ear now are birds, some house noises from the neighbours and children playing in the stairs that access the back of the buildings. 

"Going to the stairs every day to read the pile of books I wanted to read since long time, I've met and helped more neighbours than ever, in the and we created a good community spirit. About the rest of the country I have no clue, I don't watch the news since March but I think we're doing well, on the 4th of may we'll be back to the streets (I'm afraid it's already happening and people don't respect so much the safety rules... let's see.)."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 05 2020

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Rank #3: 3165: Life from the bedroom windown, Buffalo

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Buffalo, USA lockdown sound recorded by Connor Orrico.

"The birds outside my window this morning told me something along the lines of “Had I known how listening is superior to speaking, I would not have wasted my life preaching.” (Farid al-Din Attar, The Conference of the Birds)."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 03 2020

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Rank #4: 3168: Ato che coronavirus

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Italian lockdown sound recorded by Luca Castaldo.

"What I hear outside my home door in south Italy, in country side. It's possible to hear church bells, children play, a lot of birds and a man in background speaking of 'coronavirus' literally he is sayng 'ato che corona virus", that means 'more than coronavirus'".

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 03 2020

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Rank #5: 3166: Birds on a rainy day in the country

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Haut Valromey, France lockdown sound recorded by Fabienne Marie.

"Walking in the rain in the country, listening to the birds. It seems to me they are more talkative than before the lockdown..."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 03 2020

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Rank #6: 3177: The sound of old books being cared for

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Oxford lockdown sound recorded by Cities and Memory.

"The Radcliffe Camera is one of the most famous libraries in the world, and a centrepiece of the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University. It's a beautiful building that is usually surrounded by tourists, even relatively late at night, and it sits close to Oxford High Street, so there's usually a buzz of people but also a drone of traffic.

"Not tonight, though. Not during the Covid-19 lockdown. Tonight, you can clearly hear a different kind of drone coming from the building itself. In this recording we begin at the front of the building, and we can hear an air conditioning-style pulsing drone coming from the building. 

"This is the sound of the air conditioning that's turned on at all times to protect the ancient and very valuable books inside the library. We walk around to the left where the air conditioning vent sits about an old-style ornate grating, and the pulse gets louder and louder, becoming almost industrial in scale - and you can usually barely hear it over the sound of the city!"

"One last surprise - as we stand over the grating to record, we can clearly smell the scent of old, leather-bound tomes drifting up from the grating - engulfed in the scent of ancient books, it's as if the library is giving out something of its essence to passers-by, even if its doors are currently locked to all visitors."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 06 2020

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Rank #7: 3178: Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy at the Bodleian Library

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Oxford lockdown sound recorded by Cities and Memory.

"The Bodleian Libraries are one of the most famous libraries on the planet, and they sit at the very centre of the city of Oxford. Tonight, we went out to record the sounds around the Bodleian during the Covid-19 lockdown. 

"Broad Street is usually a busy thoroughfare, with popular pubs spilling their customers out onto the street, students and citizens walking around in large numbers and a fair amount of traffic.

"During the lockdown, almost nothing. There are so few people that you can hear couples coming from 200 metres away, and you can hear every individual conversation clearly - it's quieter than 4.00am on a normal day.

"The loudest interruption in this recording, approximately once every two minutes, is a scooter or motorbike going past. Each and every one of these is a Deliveroo rider on a trip to deliver an evening meal around Oxford, as home delivery services become one of the essential services keeping the city going."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 06 2020

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Rank #8: 3172: Resonating prayers

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Chennai, India lockdown sound recorded by Sathya Tamizharasan.

"Amidst the chaos on the streets during this Covid-19 lockdown. on a beautiful evening, the distinct sound of prayers from two beautiful religions: Hinduism and Islam resonates together bringing in strong vibes."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 03 2020

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Rank #9: 3176: Birds waking up, Bangladesh

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Dhaka, Bangladesh lockdown sound recorded by youKnowWho.

"This sound was recorded between the dark sky and until the sun light was easily seen. You can hear many types of birds talking to each other. You can notice few cars too."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 05 2020

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Rank #10: 3264: Moonshine

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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 in my entire composition evolved from a (heavily manipulated and treated) single sample (of Imogen Heap singing the short vocal phrase which can be detected weaving throughout the piece). 

"I made the core of this piece using a solo jam in endlesss.fm, including the stereo effects (as a response to the physical curvature visible in the image) before restructuring the exported stems using jamm pro and mastering it with final touch. All on an iPad."

Part of the Smithsonian Treasures project, a collection of new sound works inspired by items from the Smithsonian Museums’ collections - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/smithsonian

May 24 2020

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Rank #11: 3246: Frida Kahlo: a portrait in sound

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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 slightly severe expression and pouted lips giving her a birdlike appearance, the heavy close=knit eyebrows and a suggestion of a moustache.

"We know she was a feminist and gender-fluid and relatively unsuccessful in her lifetime compared to the man, Diego Rivera, whom she twice married. Her most productive time was spent in San Francisco, and her body of work not fully recognised until after her possible/accidental suicide; she had spent most of her life in pain.

"In this piece I have used a recording of a woman, possibly Frida, reciting a poem about Diego Rivera; a recording of a humming bird (see self-portrait with thorn necklace); recordings of a San Francisco cable car pulley and train crossing 16th St which I made and lastly, some electronic music I composed."

Part of the Smithsonian Treasures project, a collection of new sound works inspired by items from the Smithsonian Museums’ collections - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/smithsonian

May 23 2020

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Rank #12: 3209: Wichita in quarantine rain

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Wichita, USA lockdown sound recorded by Mary Alexis Wirths.

"Recorded from my downtown apartment where usually even in rain there are a variety of sounds. Cars, motorcycles, people, and sirens all echo through the streets but as the city dives deeper and deeper into quarantine it grows more and more quiet. Today in the rain all that can be heard is the raindrops beating against a window pain and the echo of one lonely siren."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 19 2020

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Rank #13: 3208: Morning greetings of Korean birds

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South Korean lockdown sound recorded by Rebecca Ghim.

"Korea is not under lockdown, so other than schools, everything is functioning as normal. The reason why we were able to cope with the virus without closing the borders or lockdowns, is because we have the government track the positive patients' recent routes and notifying the citizens in that area. That way people can be tested if they had crossed paths and catch the virus before it spreads further. 

"Koreans have been very cooperative with this method and have diligently worn masks and practiced social distancing. 

"My message for the global community is to think about the community first, whether that be your family or your co-workers. If you are not careful, your family or your company will pay the price."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 18 2020

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Rank #14: 3202: Outside my window, Brasilia

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Brasilia lockdown sound recorded by Romulo Oliveira. 

"Outside my window - A lot of cars, not a lot of people. But that's still not enough."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 15 2020

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Rank #15: 3185: Essenzialità armonica

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Ascoli Piceno, Italy lockdown sound recorded by Miriam Alameddine.

"The rhythm of sounds from my balcony in Italy is changing...in something powerful.

"Is this our opportunity to discover what is really essential?"

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 11 2020

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Rank #16: 3184: Zero milestone

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Washington DC lockdown sound recorded by William McKenna. 

"I started working from home on March 19th when it became more than obvious that we all had to isolate ourselves. 3 weeks later, I had to get out of my apartment. I went for a relatively long walk with no real plan other than to take my cameras to capture some images (photos and video) of what has become a Ghost Town. I almost immediately headed towards the White House. It was a beautiful Spring day but the streets were mostly empty.

"I had remarked to a colleague earlier in the month that my walk to work was a mixture of anxiety and, surprisingly, some joy. There were very few cars on the road so I was able to hear things that I rarely could hear on my daily walk, like birdsong.

"I walked past the north side of the White House which was full of extra security. Getting a picture of the front of the building was going to be difficult especially considering that there was construction going on because Trump has decided to make the tall, black fence a few feet taller.
Go figure.

"I then walked around the back of the White House until I got to a spot where I had an unobstructed view. I placed my small, consumer video camera on a small stone marker. I had never really looked at it before. It's called The Zero Milestone which measures the distance of all roads in the U.S. or something like that.

"It seemed appropriate to name this audio file "Zero Milestone" because, in a sense, the White House - and especially the current angry occupant - has an incredible influence not only on the lives of the cantankerous constituents of this troubled Democracy but also the lives of so many people all around the world.

"Stay safe, WM"

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 11 2020

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Rank #17: 3182: Stormy day, Murcia

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Murcia, Spain lockdown sound recorded by Natalia Valverde.

"When I listen to the sound of the rain, it gives me a feeling of relaxation, and I find that pleasant. Also when I play this landscape I remember that smell that the rain leaves when it falls on the earth, called petrichor."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 11 2020

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Rank #18: 3181: Exercising during lockdown with Joe Wicks

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Dublin lockdown sound recorded by Rupert Cox.

"Access to a garden and daily exercise has eased the stress of the Coronavirus lockdown in Dublin for two teenage boys who follow Joe Wicks's routines on-line and practise basketball skills while stuck at home."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 11 2020

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Rank #19: 3179: Great Tom in lockdown

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Oxford lockdown sound recorded by Cities and Memory.

"The bells of Great Tom ring 101 times at 9.05pm every night in central Oxford - a tradition going back centuries.

"We recorded this sound on the night a lockdown across the UK was announced, and we could still hear kebab vans, taxis, buses and plenty of passers-by. 

"As a comparative recording, we returned to Christ Church College to record them once again in May 2020 (albeit at the quieter rear entrance to avoid the occasional bus still in service), and the bells can be heard loudly, clearly and beautifully. We live perhaps half a kilometre from Christ Church, and each evening now we can hear the bells from home if we open our window - one of the most calming sounds of the lockdown, as you can almost imagine life in Oxford 200 years ago."

Part of the #StayHomeSounds project, documenting the sounds of the global coronavirus lockdown around the world - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/covid19-sounds

May 06 2020

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