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2322: Sounding Nature on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

1/11/2019
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Feature on our Sounding Nature project from BBC Radio 3's flagship experimental and avant-garde music show, Late Junction. Features a field recording of a water blowhole in Croatia by Tim Shaw, and a reimagined version of that sound by Cities and Memory. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 9 January 2018.

Duration:00:04:51

2320: Crashing waves by Sqala du port d'Eassaouira

12/31/2018
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Recorded by Cities and Memory. Atlantic waves crashing in at sunset next to the fortress in the port of Essaouira, Morocco.

Duration:00:05:00

2321: Game of Drones

12/31/2018
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Waves at the Sqala du port d'Essaouira in Morocco reimagined by Cities and Memory. The Sqala is made famous (apparently) by having a prominent role in the TV show Game of Thrones, hence the title of this piece, which drowns the waves in squalls of feedback until they cannot be heard, and slowly peels back the synthetic layers to reveal the beauty of the pure wave sounds by the end of the piece.

Duration:00:04:49

2319: “In a snow-white field near Moscow, I want you above all to hear how sad my living voice is”

12/31/2018
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“In a snow-white field near Moscow, I want you above all to hear how sad my living voice is.” ― Emma Richler, Be My Wolff Riverboat announcements reimagined by Cities and Memory. A soundscape attempting to depict the frozen chill of a windswept River Moskva in winter. The riverboat announcements take on a sinister, almost propaganda-ish edge when buried under heavy distortion and minor chords.

Duration:00:03:46

2318: Riverboat cruises at the Church of Christ the Saviour, Moscow

12/31/2018
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Recorded by Cities and Memory - automated promotional recordings advertising riverboat cruises along the Moskva River play on the bridge leading up to Moscow's famous Church of Christ the Saviour. The weird enunciations and flow of the language give the announcements a strange, disembodied quality, punctuated by the recorded "dings" of a riverboat bell.

Duration:00:02:24

2317: Crosby Men

12/22/2018
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‘Crosby Men’By Simon Woods The men at ‘Another Place’ stand silently watching the shipping come in and out of the Mersey Channel. They are still and silent until you are not looking. At this point they break into dance – returning motionless when being watched! This is my imagined inspiration for the ‘Crosby Men’ piece. Every sound, in the piece, is from a single sample of a piece of driftwood hitting one of the men. Sampled on an incredibly windy and cold day. The sample was cleaned up...

Duration:00:03:13

2316: Cities of the Red Light

12/22/2018
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By Andy Billington - part of the Sound Photography project. "Light saturation. Red. Yellow. Cities of the Red Light. Signage details the future? "Detour" "Hope Street"... Sample packs made from city noises ripped from YouTube then manipulated and reversed. Re-recorded to 80s cassette tapes over and over again and saturated in reverse reverb. Melodies emerge. More warping and odd frequency removal. Somewhere the remains of a helicopter sound effect from a keyboard I had as a kid. Choral pads...

Duration:00:06:00

2315: Space monsters (Peru)

12/22/2018
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Recorded by Tenali Hrenak. While wondering the cobblestone streets in Ollantaytambo, Peru, I passed by a small barn with a young boy and his guinea pigs. I was on my way to record the afternoon birds on the outskirts of the village that I previously came upon, but I was so intrigued by the otherworldly sounds (hence the title of the recording) that I asked him if I could record. I enjoyed the mashup of squeaky and rustle sounds, his whispered whooshes, and the distant music from a radio(?)....

Duration:00:00:45

2314: Elephant Drama in Mweya, Uganda, July 2018

12/20/2018
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Recorded by Daan Hendricks. While in technical terms I don't consider this my "best" recording, it is one of my favourites of the last year due to the intense emotions conveyed by this elephant herd. It was recorded during an overnight session in the Mweya peninsula of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, July 2018\. I had tracked this herd during the day in my car as far as I could until they disappeared into the bush, after which I set up a microphone rig in the general direction of...

Duration:00:05:36

2313: Dusk chorus in the Congo rainforest

12/20/2018
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Recorded by George Vlad. This is a recording I made on our last night in the rainforest in November. It was one of the best-sounding locations that we visited, with plenty of Turacos, Hornbills, Parrots and many other bird species. The best part is the sound of the hornbills flying and gliding in the canopy. Photo by Paulius Dragunas on Unsplash

Duration:00:04:39

2312: Listening t(hr)o(ugh) architecture

12/20/2018
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By Stephane Marin. This recording was a part of the site specific installation )) archi_teXtures sonores ((, which took place in L’Usine - CNAREP - Tournefeuille - France in September 2018\. It reflects my interest in listening to (and through) architectures. Architecture considered here as a membrane: a listening medium from the inside to the outside and conversely… I particularly love this recording, firstly full of strength and energy powered by the wind and the traffic in the...

Duration:00:05:09

2311: Port-Royal Ticking Clock – Karhide Not Techno Remix

12/6/2018
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Station in Paris reimagined by Karhide: "I had no real plan for the sound and the remix grew from messing with the sound and adding random effects."

Duration:00:02:55

2310: Port Royal ticking clock, Paris

12/6/2018
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Recorded by Karhide at Port-Royal RER B station waiting. I took the train to Massy Palaiseau and was standing under a loud ticking clock.

Duration:00:02:06

2309: Sounding Nature on BBC Radio 4's Today programme

11/26/2018
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An interview with Stuart Fowkes, creator of Cities and Memory on BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme on 26 November 2018, talking about the Sounding Nature project and how our reimagined sounds highlight the damage human-made sound is doing to our natural world.

Duration:00:02:58

2308: Sounding Nature on BBC World Service

11/26/2018
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An interview with Stuart Fowkes, creator of Cities and Memory on BBC World Service's Newsday programme, talking about Sounding Nature and the impact of human-made sound on creatures such as the European tree frog.

Duration:00:03:56

2307: Sounding Nature on BBC Radio London

11/26/2018
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An interview with Stuart Fowkes, creator of Cities and Memory, speaking to Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London on 26 November 2018 about the Sounding Nature project and how sound needs to form a part of conservation policies.

Duration:00:09:01

2305: Clipping insects

10/22/2018
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Reimagined by Robin Parmar. "We are bound in a knotted relationship with nature. Nature is "before" us, in the sense that our species arose from an existing field of cellular life. Nature is also "after" us, in the sense that our individual and societal needs create the nature we desire. For this piece, I expressed this Möbius relationship using a feedback system consisting of two guitar pedals: one a delay, the other a resonant filter. The source file is the only material used." Part of the...

Duration:00:05:25

2301: Northern Lights and the geyser

10/22/2018
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Reimagined by Giovanna Iorio. "I was inspired by the idea of northern light transforming the sound of a geyser into a multi sensorial experience." Part of the Sounding Nature project - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/sounding-nature

Duration:00:04:02

2306: Strokkur geyser

10/22/2018
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Recorded by Paul Hughes. "I traveled to Iceland and recorded the sound of a geyser called 'Strokkur'. Strokkur is part of Haukadalur geothermal area which is located in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavík." Part of the Sounding Nature project - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/sounding-nature

Duration:00:00:55

2305: Jungle sounds after midnight

10/22/2018
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Overnight in the Thai jungle, recorded by Marcel Gnauk. Part of the Sounding Nature project - for more information, see http://www.citiesandmemory.com/sounding-nature Photo by Johnny Bhalla on Unsplash

Duration:00:05:01