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Riding the trams in Turin

The distinctive sounds of public transport are one of the defining soundmarks of many cities, and Turin’s trams are no exception. Today we take a ride on Turin’s tram system on a quiet January morning, heading into the city centre through the course of the field recording.

Montreal-based artist John Kim reimagined this sound, taking everything in his extensive, varied reimagination from the original sound file. Instead of a journey on the mundane tram system, he takes us on a voyage that includes rippling waters, animal sounds, pulsing harp-like sounds and abstract, robotic drums made from tram door sounds. Quite a journey!

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Memory version: