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Types of sound from Cities and Memory

There are many different types of sound, from the natural world to man-made soundscapes.

Cities and Memory maps and documents these sounds on our global sound map, but also reimagines and remixes them into something new.

Here, we arrange the world’s sounds into some common categories so you can listen to the similarities and differences around the world – and to their reimagined, alternative versions.

Explore our global sound map to hear even more sounds, or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts or a range of other audio providers.

Types of sound

Airport sounds

Amphibians and reptiles

Animal sounds

Bell sounds


Churches, temples, prayer and sacred spaces

Deserts and plains

Fairground sounds


Harbour and ship sounds

Insect sounds


Museums and libraries

Musical sounds

Natural phenomena

Nightlife sounds

Protest sounds

Shops and markets

Sports sounds

Stations and airports

Storms and rain

Subterranean sounds

Travel sounds

Water sounds

Wind sounds