Cities are often famous for their visual architecture – just think of the Oxford skyline – but how do they sound? The Oxford Sound Album presents a selection of favourite Oxford city soundscapes chosen by a group of people who rely on sound for spatial information, work with or study music, or both. We hear the friendly, warm tones in Radcliffe Square; the narrow, echoing sounds in Holywell Street; the sounds of open space in University Parks; and the quiet and calm sound in the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, among many more. All soundscapes are recorded in full surround sound from the locations recommended by the person who chose them; these are introduced in a sound guide in their own words.
Producer: Dr Torø Graven
Funder: TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford
Audio recording and editing: Faculty of Music, University of Oxford and Oxford Digital Media
Proofreading of sound guide: Clea Desebrock and Charlotte Thompson-Grant
Voiceover artist: Vita Oldershaw
Ethics Approval Reference Number: R58049/RE001, R58049/RE002, and R58049/RE003
A special thank you to everyone involved in the podcast.
(E10/10) The Missing Bean
Sitting outside, just to the right of the entrance, facing Lincoln College.
(E9/10) Walking down Mansfield Road, Holywell Street, and Broad Street
From Queen Elizabeth House to Cornmarket Street, on the left-hand side.
(E8/10) Walking in University Parks
From the back gate at St Anne’s College, in through North Gate, and along North Walk to Lazenbee’s Ground Walk, in the middle of North Walk.
(E7/10) Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Sitting in the café on the gallery, at a table closest to the central court, just to the right of the till, facing the central court.
(E6/10) Walking down Cornmarket Street
From Carfax Tower to George Street, on the left-hand side.