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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

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United Kingdom

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Podcasts

Description:

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

Sound for the king

1/24/2023
“This piece was composed by attempting to build something physical and layered out of sound. The Ross seals’ calls sit high in the frequency range, which here is imagined to be towards the surface level of the Southern Ocean, with the seals swimming and whirling gracefully beneath the waves. "Beneath that is a construction made up of kick drums and many thick layers of drone and synthesiser, which take us much further down into the weight of the ocean - and which represent some of the...

Duration:00:09:44

Thayù (Peace)

1/19/2023
"The field recording (An Arctic Storm) gave the feeling of peace, lonesomeness and calm: An alchemy of emotions that (although poles apart) give a feeling of balance. "Without intending to change the recording too much that it lost its effect. I cut off unwanted frequencies, added reverb and delay and used it as a bed for my composition. "The composition; titled Thayù is an inspiration to search for oneself within oneself as is the case with the Arctic; A place alone in the world. But...

Duration:00:03:31

Hveðra

1/19/2023
"In an effort to add to the bridge of science-art being made by this project I worked together with Art|Scientist Vivien Reichel to work with me on the concept for the piece and help me with my understanding of the workings of the arctic environment. "Our conceptual starting point was to never cut/take away from the original sample, but rather add to it. We as a species have taken away enough of the natural environment. When composing/constructing the piece, the sample formed the base...

Duration:00:05:08

Stormy ocean

1/19/2023
The sound of the stormy ocean can result in what sounds like white noise. Recording credit: CC-BY 4.0 Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research 2022. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Explore the project in full at http://citiesandmemory.com/polar-sounds.

Duration:00:02:00

Odontecete clicks, recording 2

1/19/2023
The clicking and whistle noises most likely belong to odontocete species. Recording credit: CC-BY 4.0 Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research 2022. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Explore the project in full at...

Duration:00:01:10

Odontecete clicks, recording 1

1/19/2023
The clicking and whistle noises most likely belong to odontocete species. Recording credit: CC-BY 4.0 Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research 2022. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Explore the project in full at...

Duration:00:01:00

Unidentified Arctic sound, recording 3

1/19/2023
Many sounds recorded cannot be identified by scientists. Often it is not even possible to tell if the sounds originate from animals or if these are abiotic. Recording credit: CC-BY 4.0 Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research 2022. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research...

Duration:00:01:13

Polar electro-ice

1/19/2023
"What would happen if in the practice of listening to the sounds of the Polar Circle we identified the climatic changes that this territory is going through? The sound piece POLAR ELECTRO-ICE born from a reflection on the transformations that the Polar Circle undergoes through documentary and sound research. The sounds you will hear were taken from the Polar Sounds project and soundscapes in the Arctic, these were transformed through analog and digital processes to find a new form of...

Duration:00:07:51

What lies beneath the ice is sacred

1/19/2023
"My allocated sound for this project had the mysterious description of "Unidentified Artic Sound 3". Before setting down to work, I listened to the sound a number of times with my eyes closed, and I was immediately drawn to an eerie pitched resonance amongsts the relentless hiss, crackle and ice-white noise. I wondered what the source of this strange creaking resonance could be. Some of the descriptions for the other sounds offer possible clues - whale song, ship noises, rubbing sea ice -...

Duration:00:08:48

Pulse and locate

1/19/2023
"In hearing the delicate sounds of the odontocete in the recording, i started to wonder what a full conversation between these kin could sound like. The piece begins with the recording in its raw form and is transformed through the use of granular synthesis, resonators and many layered effects. I imagine this piece as a dialogue, a sub-aquatic flirtation between our kin. Thank you for tuning my ears to this underwater kingdom, it took my heart with it..." Odontocete clicks reimagined by...

Duration:00:07:07

Odontocete

1/19/2023
"I used reverbs and other effects on the original track. Than I try to listen to the sound frequency suggested by the process, as in a improv mood. I listened for a while playing with commands and when I found a connection I started to dream and fly. "This track describes a lucky encounter between man and odontocetes." Odontocete clicks reimagined by Raffaele Rebaudengo. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for...

Duration:00:04:09

Translatlantilexic

1/19/2023
"Between 79°00'00.7"N and 5°40'07.3"E an answering machine is drowning in the Greenland Sea. Down here, a toothed whale swims along and leaves a message – or a song? For who? What did it say? Up there, nobody knows a way how to make sense of that strange noise. A speaking whale? A whale-ish voice? Yet, up above the surface high the human world brawls in reply. A clicking, whistling, rattling way - all misconceived and gone astray. "When I first heard the material, my immediate...

Duration:00:03:44

The island

1/19/2023
"I manipulate the original recording with some granular synthesis and mix it with wind on trees from a place near my home called "the island", in the middle of a water dam. Even being far from the Arctic, I found similarities between this and the sound space (of) the island." Odontocete clicks reimagined by Luís Antero. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) and the Alfred Wegener...

Duration:00:02:30

The coast

1/19/2023
"More than anything else, I wanted my composition to be transportive for the listener... in a similar way, but perhaps more so, than the original field recording was for me. So, with that in mind, I aimed to capture the sonic experience of "being on the coast"." reimagined by Emmy Tither. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for...

Duration:00:03:21

Sounding with the whales

1/19/2023
"I listened for a long time to the field recording. There is the haunting sounds of the Bowhead whales, buried deep within the ambient sounds surrounding them. I was inspired by the melody and musical slides (or moans!) I could hear in the whale calls. The constant ambient sound of the environment, and perhaps of scientific equipment also, was a sonic companion within the field recording, and I imagined a seascape of musical ideas playing with the whale sounds under the ice, for the...

Duration:00:08:11

Polynya (Arctic unidentified)

1/19/2023
"In times of global warming, the risk of melting ice poses a multitude of threats from sea-level rise to reduced albedo. Large parts of the oldest ice have already disappeared, and what remains is found in one of the thickest and oldest areas of the Arctic known as the "Last Ice Area" — considered to be the last source of ice in a rapidly warming Arctic. The last Arctic ice is proving vulnerable to the rapid warming occurring in the northern latitudes and monitoring the ice cover has found...

Duration:00:09:21

Unidentified Arctic sound, recording 2

1/19/2023
Many sounds recorded cannot be identified by scientists. Often it is not even possible to tell if the sounds originate from animals or if these are abiotic. Recording credit: CC-BY 4.0 Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research 2022. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research...

Duration:00:02:00

Unidentified Arctic sound, recording 1

1/19/2023
Many sounds recorded cannot be identified by scientists. Often it is not even possible to tell if the sounds originate from animals or if these are abiotic. Recording credit: CC-BY 4.0 Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research 2022. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research...

Duration:00:02:00

Ringed seal (Pusa hispida)

1/19/2023
The behavioral context of ringed seal calls has not been confirmed; however, on the basis of their presence in winter and spring, Stirling et al. (1983) hypothesized that the calls are involved in intraspecific competition to maintain social structure around breathing holes in the sea ice and that they may also serve a reproductive purpose. Recording credit: CC-BY 4.0 Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research 2022. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a...

Duration:00:00:44

Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus)

1/19/2023
Bearded seals produce typical downsweept trills underneath the Arctic sea ice. Calls are produced by males in spring to defend underwater territories. Specific trajectories and areas are patrolled by males under the ice while producing these acoustic displays. Calls are thought to attract potential mates and repel potential rival males. Recording credit: CC-BY 4.0 Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research 2022. Part of the Polar Sounds project, a...

Duration:00:02:00