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
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."
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."
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."
Orient Star Hotel, Khiva
Soundscape recorded at the Orient Star Hotel in Khiva, Uzbekistan by Mark Wilden.
Breath(e) in the wires
Klein Karoo nature reserve, South Africa, reimagined by Emmy Tither: "I was inspired by the dry and the dust."
Klein Karoo nature reserve
Klein Karoo nature reserve, South Africa, recorded by restive.
"Field recording made on a recent trip to the Klein Karoo near Ladismith. This was recorded during the day; you can hear the sound of a tractor plowing a field, workers in the fields, water rushing down an irrigation furrow, various bird and frog calls, the occasional car passing on the road."
Top podcast to discover how the world sounds
This is a great podcast full of bite-sized sounds from all around the world. In just a few minutes, it transports listeners inside a temple in Thailand or right in the middle of Manhattan. The remixed counterparts are also short but creative journeys of discovery.