500 episodes

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 6,000 sounds featured on our sound map, spread over more than 120 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 6,000 sounds featured on our sound map, spread over more than 120 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

    Midday in the Jardin du Luxembourg

    Midday in the Jardin du Luxembourg

    A peaceful, crisp December morning in the famous Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris - passers-by chat next to the ornamental lake, while ducks quack and we can hear the bells gently chiming midday. 

    Recorded by Cities and Memory.  

    • 4 min
    Desire paths

    Desire paths

    Desire paths are small, unplanned trails created by human and animal traffic, often to create convenient shortcuts. The field recording from the Jardin de Luxembourg inspired me by all the shared pathways expressed in a short amount of time - people moving, talking, laughing, and crying, birds and other animals, bells, bicycles, and everything else that is happening, but maybe not heard/sensed. I wanted to create a song that showed love for all the rhythms and melodies happening all around us and with us. 

    Jardin du Luxembourg reimagined by blendways.

    • 3 min
    A simple wish for happiness

    A simple wish for happiness

    "This composition was mostly written at 30,000 feet aboard a long-haul international flight, as I attempted to reconnect with the sounds of nature in an extremely unnatural environment. The recording is from very close to where I live, so in a sense I was also reconnecting with home with that slight edge of melancholy that sometimes comes with travel.

    "The piece is designed to duet with the sounds of the song thrush, which have been edited so they fall into a call and response pattern with the main synth lines, weaving in and out of one another. The aim is to reflect simple joy in the natural world, but for the piece to be also slightly tinged with the sadness of absence."

    Song thrush reimagined by Cities and Memory. 

    IMAGE: JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/), CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

    • 3 min
    The song thrush calls

    The song thrush calls

    The beautiful, complex and multifaceted calls of the song thrush, recorded in May 2024 in a patch of woods in central Oxford, UK. 

    Recorded by Giulia Biasibetti.

    IMAGE: JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/), CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

    • 3 min
    Bosnian dawn

    Bosnian dawn

    "For two months in 2023, I lived in Varanasi, India. Each morning I would be awakened by the sound of chanting and dogs barking - not all that different from the field recording I used in this work. As with many of my compositional ambient pieces, I use a large chord with what might be called "fuzzy" canons to envelop the Bosnian morning, the way a big, warm blanket covers a child who wants to spend a bit more time in bed."

    Bosnian village soundscape reimagined by Paul Beaudoin.

    • 10 min
    Voices of the velodrome

    Voices of the velodrome

    "The composition is made up of samples cut from the original field recordings. These samples were: commentator's voice, other voices, clapping etc.

    These samples have been mangled, chopped and diced and served with synths, white noise and drum machines."

    Padova velodrome reimagined by Simon Woods.

    • 4 min

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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.

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