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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 - remixing the world Cities and Memory

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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

    Ferhadija summer

    Ferhadija summer

    Kafiche cafe in Sarajevo reimagined by Andy Billington.

    "The original field recording of a string instrument being played in the city of Ferhadija is beautiful, uplifting and haunting, filled with drones and complex melody lines. You get a sense of the town, people and architecture with the natural reverb.

    "I wanted to try and capture these architectural parts and capture a sensation you were (like in the film Enter The Void by Gasper Noi) floating around the city. 

    "I layered the sounds, resampling them many times onto tape cutting and repeating the exercise and changing the pitch. Finally, a sort of sonic framework emerged and was anchored by soft synths. 

    "I then re-added the original field recording, cutting out phrases of melody, adding echo and positioning until happy with the track. Ferhadija Summer was completed."

    • 6 min
    Mobility, mutability and volatility

    Mobility, mutability and volatility

    Saint Petersburg art exhibition reimagined by Simon Woods.

    "The piece is built up from the original field recording. Added to this is an ever changing series of sequences, rhythms and sounds – the notes, scales and chords dictated by the original recording. 




    "The music is constantly changing with new sequences coming in and dropping out – at least one new track (often more) was added each day, 31 in all."

    • 5 min
    Laboratory of the future

    Laboratory of the future

    Recording from the Manege Exhibition Hall in Saint Petersburg, Russia by Valo Tsvetkutia.

    "The Laboratory of the Future is an exhibition that took place in the "Manege", at which I volunteered at. 

    "There was an art installation, a piano cut in two, and there was a magnetic coil that is making the sound you hear in the recording."

    • 1 min
    Hauntología - noche y hum

    Hauntología - noche y hum

    Uzbekistan Khiva Star hotel sounds reimagined by Martha Riva Palacio Obón.

    "Night is a liminal spacetime where, paraphrasing Salomé Voegelin, different rhythms and beings converge creating simultaneously many possible worlds. 

    "In this brief aural essay, I bring forward the background sounds in the field recording and mix them with a hybrid chorus of human and insect voices. The mechanic hum is replaced with the reverberation of wine glasses. 

    "The main structure of this piece is built from two tracks that run in different directions: backwards and forwards. 

    "Past, present, future: I evoke the memory of many nights spent alone and with company. A cacophony that flows into silence. Nocturnal disjunctures and entanglements, every ghost requires a translation."

    • 2 min
    Orient Star Hotel, Khiva

    Orient Star Hotel, Khiva

    Soundscape recorded at the Orient Star Hotel in Khiva, Uzbekistan by Mark Wilden.

    • 57 sec
    Breath(e) in the wires

    Breath(e) in the wires

    Klein Karoo nature reserve, South Africa, reimagined by Emmy Tither: "I was inspired by the dry and the dust."

    • 4 min

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