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Cities and Memory - remixing the world

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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 5,000 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

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 5,000 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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United Kingdom

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Podcasts

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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 5,000 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

Language:

English


Episodes

3988: Cicadas

9/13/2021
Stazione Le Piagge, Florence, reimagined by Chelidon Frame. "This summer I had the pleasure of reading Bernie Krause's The Great Animal Orchestra. One thing that fascinated me was how a natural soundscape can be altered by external noises, such as a plane or a train passing by: sometimes the biome takes a lot of time to restore its perfectly calibrated concert. In the original field recording, I sensed some moments that got me thinking about this phenomenon, and in my track I've explored...

Duration:00:06:26

3987: Cities and Memory interview, BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme (Inferno project)

9/12/2021
Cities and Memory founder Stuart Fowkes is interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme about the Inferno project, marking the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante. The interview features an overview of the project plus selected sound clips.

Duration:00:02:56

3986: Sound of empty

9/11/2021
Piazza San Marco, Venice reimagined by Cristina Marras. "I worked on subtractions, using my recent experience in Piazza San Marco to bring together a past that seems now almost retro-futuristic, with a present that no science fiction could have ever imagined."

Duration:00:04:56

3984: The Bridge of Sighs

9/11/2021
Repairs on Fondamenta della Canonica, Venice reimagined by Jeff Dungfelder. "I decided to use the field recording of repairing a gate near the Bridge of Sighs Fondamenta della Canonica because the bridge is rich with historic meaning. The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) was built in the year 1600 and connects the Doge's Palace to the historic prison across the canal. Prisoners that were tried in Venice were initially held in the underground prison chambers inside the Doge's Palace. As...

Duration:00:06:05

3983: Repairing La Serenissima

9/11/2021
On any normal day in Venice, roadworks are a little different from your average city, with repair boats on the city's canals looking after its unique system that keeps the entire city afloat. Here, we can hear gate repairs taking place on Fondamenta della Canonica, just a short distance from the iconic Bridge of Sighs. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:05:49

3985: Piazza San Marco, returning to normality

9/11/2021
The iconic Piazza San Marco on an August afternoon in 2021, as the city returns to normal levels of tourism after the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the piazza fills with tourists. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:02:50

3982: Tutta la squadra

9/11/2021
Cittadella stadium announcer reimagined by Richard Watts. "I found the original recording imposing (and slightly sinister for some reason) so I've tried to capture that in the reimagined piece. I've used lots of samples from the original recording and manipulated them using the Alchemy, a sample manipulation synthesizer in Logic Pro."

Duration:00:04:11

3981: PA announcer reading out the teamsheet

9/11/2021
At the Stadio Tombolato, Cittadella, Italy for Cittadella vs. Crotone, August 2021 - the stadium announcer reads out the Cittadella teamsheet before a match that the home team would go on to win 4-2. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:01:57

3980: The memory ski lift

9/8/2021
Passo Rolle ski lift reimagined by John Tenney. "Happy and unhappy memories while riding on a ski lift."

Duration:00:02:57

3979: Aboard the Passo Rolle ski lift

9/8/2021
The sounds from on board a simple two-seater ski lift transporting skiers up the mountain in Passo Rolle, San Martino di Castrozza, Italy. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:04:21

3978: The thing and the place itself

9/7/2021
Yorkshire Dales field of sheep reimagined by Paul Walsh / Foldhead. "This piece is in part inspired by the memory of a long, lost walk through the hills and valleys of Mayerhofen, Austria, a few years ago. "Having walked for hours through increasingly heavy falling snow we took what we hoped was a shortcut through a large field. "After a few minutes traipsing through the snow I looked to my right and what appeared to be dozens of sheep very slowly and in what appeared to be perfect...

Duration:00:09:01

3977: A sunset for the sheep

9/7/2021
A field of sheep bleating, calling and frolicking at dusk on a beautiful April evening in the Yorkshire Dales, England. The air is clear, the atmosphere is pure with no traffic noise, just the placid hum of the village and the reverb of the hills above. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:02:51

3976: Elicottero

9/5/2021
AH-64 Apache flypast in Italian Dolomites reimagined by Richard Watts. "I really like the rhythm in the original recording so have tried to capture that in the reimagined piece. I've used samples of the helicopter and fed them through a filter generator to create the background sounds then added drums, pads and a couple of melodies that seemed to fit."

Duration:00:04:30

3975: Military helicopter flypast in the mountains

9/5/2021
An Apache AH-64 helicopter on training manoeuvres next to Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Italian Dolomites, as heard from halfway down Monte Piana, August 2021. The helicopter can be heard long before and after its appearance with an enormous reverb trail generated by the sound bouncing off the mountains on every side. An impressive sound. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:02:05

3974: The loneliness of the late-night station

9/4/2021
Bellevue station, Berlin reimagined by Cities and Memory. "The original recording conjured up a mental image of a deserted, lonely station late at night, with just the occasional traveller passing through, trying to get home. A place of isolation as much as a place of connection. "For the reimagined piece, we've tried to emphasise the 'coldness' of a lonely station late at night and the sense of isolation and loneliness through waves of very slow (25bpm) guitar pulses and...

Duration:00:04:50

3973: A night at Bellevue station

9/4/2021
Bellevue station, Berlin, Germany recorded by Cristina Iscenco. "I was walking home after a rehearsal. The sound of the trains was blending with the drone of the bells coming from nowhere. It was only about 20:30, but everything was asleep and dark."

Duration:00:00:59

3972: Brent de l'Art

9/3/2021
Torrent at Brent de l'Art, northern Italy reimagined by Karhide. "The idea behind the track was the slow erosion of the rock to form the canyon."

Duration:00:04:47

3971: Torrents of canyon water

9/3/2021
Brent de l'Art is a natural rock formation similar to a canyon, created by thousands of years of erosion by water, which has exposed layers of rock formed millions of years ago. This erosion is due to the debris that the water carries across these narrow valleys. Stones and plants overwhelmed by the flood of water, once they enter the canyon they create whirlpools, they hit the walls, digging into the rock and then flow downstream. The flow of water in narrow valleys like this is also...

Duration:00:04:08

3969: Horses at a mountain stream

9/3/2021
An idyllic scene from Lago Antorno in the Italian Dolomites, as a pack of horses with cowbells attached to their necks feeds on lush grass next to a mountain stream. In this recording you can hear the horses, the bells and the water rushing by in a binaural recording taken close by. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:01:10

3970: Lago Antorno (Cravune remix)

9/3/2021
Horses by the stream at Lago Antorno, Italy reimagined by Cravune. "The original piece evokes tranquillity and peacefulness. I wanted to overemphasise this aspect of the recording by chopping the audio, pitching it down and rearranging it on top of a simple low frequency drone."

Duration:00:02:21