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2115: Il Pianista Fuori Sogno

9/20/2018
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The travelling pianist known as Il Pianista FuoriPosto reimagined by Cities and Memory. Snippets of his piano are looped and effected, slowly buried beneath reverb, delay and tape effects, while a small portion of his playing is extended to 300 times its normal length to create a micro-drone underneath the piece. Later, multiple piano phrases come in on the left and right of the stereo field, jostling for attention as the piano piece completely transforms into a shimmering dreamscape.

Duration:00:05:09

2114: Il Pianista FuoriPosto, Padova

9/20/2018
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Il Pianista FuoriPosto is a travelling pianist, who takes his grand piano all over the Veneto region in Italy, popping up in surprising places to perform for the public. He doesn't advertise where or when he'll appear, so it's a stroke of fortune to come across him and hear his wonderful music, as we did on this August evening in the Prato della Valle, Padova. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:02:54

2113: Building a church on the streets of Moscow

9/18/2018
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Reimagined by Cities and Memory. The street singer's voice has a meditative, praise-like quality that immediately put me in mind of church singing. From here, I've constructed a stage for her in sound, placing her at the centre of a fabricated church service. The door creaks open, and the organist enters before playing a brief, droning introduction. The street singer performs her encomium within the church, after which there's a recording of me reading out a prayer inside an empty church...

Duration:00:04:23

2112: Moscow traditional street singer

9/18/2018
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A singer on the steps of the 1812 Museum sings traditional folk songs on a warm night in Moscow, Russia. A competing saxophone busker outside Ploshchad Revolyutsii station can be heard in the background. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:02:34

2111: Revolyutsii rainstorm

9/5/2018
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Ploshchad Revolyutsii station reimagined by Cities and Memory. Taking an extreme approach to EQing samples from the original recording, we've stripped the very top out to simulate the sounds of rain, and we've EQed right down to the lowest frequencies to represent the sounds of thunder. A light bit of reverb and tape effects to smear the edges of the sounds a little, and we have a rainstorm constructed entirely by EQing the original recording.

Duration:00:03:43

2110: Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro station, Moscow

9/5/2018
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Station ambience on the platform at one of the most famous stations on the Moscow metro, Ploshchad Revolyutsii (Revolution Square) as trains arrive and leave. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:02:42

2109: Emerging from the Dunes

8/31/2018
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Margate sea and dunes reimagined by Submerged Tapes. "I kept the field recording in its entirety and layered up some other sounds made from cassette tape loops, melodica and a square wave oscillator on top. "The piece is kind of in two parts, I imagined some kind of giant sentient spaceship/insect thing slowly waking up from under the dunes for the first half and then emerging and flying away for the second half leaving just the sound of the field recording again at the end."

Duration:00:05:30

2108: Cliff edge and sand dunes, Margate

8/31/2018
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The sound of the sea at a distance from cliff-edge sand dunes in Margate, UK. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:05:43

2107: A windy morning in Essaouira

8/19/2018
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A breezy beach walk in Essaouira, Morocco. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:02:42

2106: Souk de la Volaille, Essaouira

8/19/2018
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A tour around the poultry souk in Essaouira, Morocco, with the sounds of chicken slaughter. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:03:14

2105: Music is the heart of Essaouira

8/19/2018
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A band busks in front of a crowd in Place Moulay Hassan, Essaouira. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:03:39

2104: Atlantic waves crashing in at Essaouira

8/19/2018
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Recorded by Cities and Memory. Waves crash in at sunset by the Sqala du port d'Essaouira, Morocco.

Duration:00:04:59

2103: Call to prayer at 4.45am, Essaouira

8/19/2018
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Recorded by Cities and Memory. An early rise at 4.45am to hear multiple muezzins calling to prayer across the rooftops in Essaouira, Morocco, with the backdrop of crashing waves.

Duration:00:11:30

2102: Moroccan busker, Essaouira

8/19/2018
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An old man busks, singing traditional songs outside the Dolcefreddo cafe in Essaouira, Morocco. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:03:59

2101: Troposphere Layer

8/19/2018
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Marco Polo airport landing reimagined by Myroslava Kuts: "As it is based on the landing recording, it recalls a different sound perception out of the usual for our ears' atmosphere."

Duration:00:04:37

2100: Landing at Marco Polo airport

8/19/2018
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Recorded by Cities and Memory on board a flight from London coming in to land at Venice's Marco Polo airport.

Duration:00:03:13

2099: Falling from the edge of the world

8/18/2018
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The Edge of the World reimagined by Cities and Memory. The piece starts off as quiet as the Edge of the World itself, slowly bringing in externally-sourced wind and nature sounds until we're no longer sure which is the desert wind of the recording and which are newly-introduced winds. Beneath this, a slow bed of synths creeps in to convey something of the awesome sense of isolation that the Edge of the World imposes on anyone who sees it.

Duration:00:07:39

2098: The Edge of the World, Saudi Arabia

8/18/2018
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Sounds recorded at a stunning natural feature called The Edge of the World just outside Riyadh, where the land ends in an abrupt 350-metre cliff, with the horizon extending out into nothing but desert as far as the eye can see. Recorded by Cities and Memory.

Duration:00:09:55

2088: Mercato delle Cascine, Florence

8/17/2018
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Mercato delle Cascine in Florence, Italy. Recorded by Valerio Orlandini as part of Cities and Memory's city sound guides.

Duration:00:08:29

2097: Via Vincenzo Gioberti, Florence

8/17/2018
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Via Vincenzo Gioberti in Florence, Italy. Recorded by Valerio Orlandini as part of Cities and Memory's city sound guides.

Duration:00:04:26