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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

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

Another universe

1/18/2022
"Like the narrators, I have a fondness for all things space, astrophysics and the big questions like: is the Universe going to end, what are black holes, and why does Surf Guitar sound dangerous? I wanted to create an aural canvas for the late night presenters and their smooth delivery, but there's a lot of flux and chaos around, and some of that creeps in. The story goes through changes - and in the end, there is no end, but the possibility of a strange new beginning. Or this could just be...

Duration:00:08:47

Tahiti

1/18/2022
""Tahiti" is a sound abstraction based on a short fragment of "Radio Tahiti" broadcast in the 19 meter band where popular music is heard with brief spoken descriptions in-between. The composition reflects artistically on the distortion experienced by a message through a variable and unpredictable channel like radio transmission in the bands below 30 Mhz, conditioned by the time of day, the time of year, the location of the receiver and the ionospheric propagation conditions, ultimately...

Duration:00:03:57

Journey to the phantom place

1/18/2022
"For me, the noise of the tube shortwave radio was the first "music" I heard in my life. Ever since then, radio and its broadcasts have been a part of my life. When I was a teenager, I often listened to Radio Moscow because I was geographically close to it and could receive it well. This was right around the same time as this source. It was a time when the Soviet Union still existed as a "dream state" as they called it. I mixed various "sceneries" that we "heard" from Moscow, the...

Duration:00:14:37

Domus aurea

1/18/2022
"Domus Aurea' came directly out my ongoing fascination with Italian history and larger artistic interests. Firstly, it is about two very specific historical things. It is about the Domus Aurea, which from I understand is no longer accessible. To quote Wikipedia, "It was a vast landscaped complex built by the Emperor Nero largely on the Oppian Hill in the heart of ancient Rome after the great fire in 64 AD had destroyed a large part of the city" It was re-discovered "When a young Roman...

Duration:00:06:13

Hey, listen!

1/18/2022
"I really wanted to do a track that has old samples in it for atmosphere and the Transmission I was working with gave many juicy bits, it was tough to select. I composed the beats on mobile apps and mixed it down in Audacity." Composition by Jakub Rokita. Part of the Shortwave Transmissions project, documenting and reimagining the sounds of shortwave radio - find out more and see the whole project at https://citiesandmemory.com/shortwave

Duration:00:06:22

B-B-B-EB-B-B-E

1/18/2022
"I selected this sample based on the use of a piano, considering it would make a composition much easier. While my composition turned out more ambient than structured, the sample holds even the “air” behind the piano to keep it in the past." Composition by Tony Bartels. Part of the Shortwave Transmissions project, documenting and reimagining the sounds of shortwave radio - find out more and see the whole project at https://citiesandmemory.com/shortwave

Duration:00:03:40

Bonsoir Africa

1/18/2022
This program from January 24, 1982 from my archives is from Radio Canada International which was called Bonsoir Africa. This was somewhat of a mailbag program which read listeners letters. I was fortunate to have a tape recorder running since this was a program about astronomy that was requested by me. This may be the first time I ever heard my name read on shortwave. Recorded by Tom Laskowski, courtesy of the Shortwave Radio Archive. Part of the Shortwave Transmissions project,...

Duration:00:12:30

Radio Tahiti

1/18/2022
One of the great things about DXing and SWLing is the variety of music one can hear. One of my favorite stations to listen to on shortwave for “exotic music” was Radio Tahiti, Papeete, French Polynesia, when they were still on shortwave. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe something happened to the transmitter, and they never got back on SW. They were on mediumwave through December of 2016 (738 kHz); now they are on FM only. (Maybe us hobbyists should start a funding website to...

Duration:00:30:08

Pope's Christmas Message and Urbi et Orbi Blessing: December 25, 2018

1/18/2022
Live, off-air, approximately forty-minute recording of the 2018 Christmas Message and "Urbi et Orbi" Blessing of Pope Francis as broadcast by Radio Vaticana (Vatican Radio), a division of Vatican Media, on 25 December 2018 beginning at 10:50 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 15695 kHz. This broadcast originated from a 250 kW transmitter at Santa Maria di Galevia, north of Rome, and was beamed to central Africa with an antenna beam azimuth of 145°. This broadcast was the English-commentary...

Duration:00:39:50

Moscow Mailbag

1/18/2022
These recordings were originally provided to me on reel-to-reel tape directly from Radio Moscow (which I dubbed to a cassette). At that time, I was program director at St. Cloud State University's radio station KVSC-FM (St. Cloud, MN) and aired Moscow Mailbag once a week during the afternoon news block programming. Transcription shows from other shortwave stations were played on other weekday slots at the same time. Recorded by Tom Gavaras, courtesy of the Shortwave Radio...

Duration:00:14:27

Warmongers' Monthly

1/18/2022
Live, off-air, approximately 20-minute recording of the program "Warmongers' Monthly" transmitted as part of the daily evening show "Tonight" in the North American Service of Radio Moscow on 8 September 1987 around 01:20 UTC on 7400 kHz. The broadcast originated from one of the many Radio Moscow transmission sites in the Soviet Union or was relayed by a site in eastern Europe or Cuba. Radio Moscow never released detailed information on its frequencies and transmitter sites. "Warmongers'...

Duration:00:18:28

B-B-B-E

1/18/2022
BBC World Service interval signals 1980-1, four notes tuned to B B B E. Recorded by Jerry Johnston, courtesy of the Shortwave Radio Archive. Part of the Shortwave Transmissions project, documenting and reimagining the sounds of shortwave radio - find out more and see the whole project at https://citiesandmemory.com/shortwave

Duration:00:00:33

The war on hugs

1/18/2022
"I used the original recording 'Alfons and the Magic Christmas Tree' in my composition 'The War on Hugs. I wanted to create a piece of music that made me feel like a child at Christmas, but Christmasses gone by, before lockdowns and restrictions, when we could see our families at this festive time of year to celebrate. Last Christmas I could only see my parents very briefly, and we weren't allowed to hug. I wanted to create a fantasy Christmas, a real one, with my family, and...

Duration:00:03:50

Kampuchea drag 1979

1/18/2022
"I let the sonic qualities of the transmission dictate the music. I feel much of my music is like an imperfectly tuned radio set anyway. Amusing coincidence = I share my birthday with Pol Pot." Composition by Neil Campbell. Part of the Shortwave Transmissions project, documenting and reimagining the sounds of shortwave radio - find out more and see the whole project at https://citiesandmemory.com/shortwave

Duration:00:04:14

National radio of Kampuchea

1/18/2022
National Radio of Kampuchea @ 918 kHz (MW) heard at 23.00 UTC in West Malaysia. Strong reception up to 00.00 UTC; signal was faintly heard up to 05.00 UTC. Date of recording: 4/19/2012 Starting time: 23.00 UTC Frequency: 918 kHz Recorded by Timm Breyel, courtesy of the Shortwave Radio Archive. Part of the Shortwave Transmissions project, documenting and reimagining the sounds of shortwave radio - find out more and see the whole project at...

Duration:00:01:20

Alfons and the magic

1/18/2022
"In making this little mix, I thought about the spirit of the community organization that sent out the original story to its members. The holiday story of the man finding amazement through rare and hard to find short wave stations is both sweet and eccentric, reflecting the hopes and dreams of a group of short-wave enthusiasts in West Virginia, USA. This reminded me of the eccentric spirit in the song-poem genre, so I used a snippet of the song "Rocking Disco Santa Claus" by the...

Duration:00:02:41

Phœnix ou Lam(in)e(s)

1/18/2022
""Phoenix ou Lam(in)e(s)" is a short piece composed of small portions taken from the radiophonic original (in particular the Russian songs) and completely re-transformed to be grafted into a new sound tissue produced with a modified analogue magnetophone and demagnetized tape. A sort of regeneration, then, like the mythical phoenix rising from its own ashes. The title, which can be read both in French and Italian, alludes precisely to the process of cuts, transformations and grafts with...

Duration:00:07:28

82/21 vision

1/18/2022
"The original recording contains a BBC World Service news report from 1982 concerning the Falklands War. The broadcast is indistinct – distorted, muffled and blended with strange clicks and interference noises. Listening to it triggered some childhood memories (also distorted, muffled and blended) which inspired my piece. I tried to make something both playful and sinister, referring to the way real-world horrors trickle into childhood games and fantasies. My track is based on two...

Duration:00:04:01

Alfons and the Magic Christmas Tree

1/18/2022
This is a recording of a story featured on HCJB’s DX Party Line hosted by Clayton Howard. As far as I remember it was recorded in December 1974. It’s a short story from SPEEDX about the reception of Tristan Da Cunha and St Helena. SPEEDX ran from 1971 until a declining membership forced its closure in 1995. Recorded by Paul Rawdon, courtesy of the Shortwave Radio Archive. Part of the Shortwave Transmissions project, documenting and reimagining the sounds of shortwave radio -...

Duration:00:06:16

Radio Moscow New Year's Eve show

1/18/2022
A studio recording of Radio Moscow featuring Joe Adamov’s New Year’s Eve show. Recorded by Tom Gavaras, courtesy of the Shortwave Radio Archive. Part of the Shortwave Transmissions project, documenting and reimagining the sounds of shortwave radio - find out more and see the whole project at https://citiesandmemory.com/shortwave

Duration:00:25:25