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Wanted: field recordings from Africa

Cities and Memory is looking for contributions of field recordings from across Africa as part of our global mapping of the sounds of the world. Our global sound map is one of the biggest sound projects in the world, with 5,000 sounds covering more than

Fur seal photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

Fur seal sounds – in dub

There’s a powerful story behind today’s fur seal sound from Cape Cross, Namibia, as told by recordist Daan Hendricks for our Sounding Nature project: “There is a great sadness to the context of these sounds, and it is somehow fittingly expressed by their whimpers, weeps

African fish eagles – an unsuccessful hunt

Continuing our summary of the Sounding Nature project, join us today at dawn in the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary in Senegal. Listen to the unforgettable sound of African fish eagles carries over the water, accompanied by other bird calls, distant pelican croaks and water movement,

Sounds from the Cradle of Humankind

Today we’re heading back to South Africa, to explore with Oxford-based sound artist Gary JC. He sent back this correspondence to accompany his reimagined rural sounds: “These were recordings made during a stay as Artist in Residence at Nirox Farm which is part of The

A new prayer from Morocco

Meknes, Morocco. A cry rings out from a minaret over the streets of Meknes, calling people to prayer. This classic North African field recording was contributed by Gavin Prior, and picked up by Oxford-based sound artist Alex Hehir to reimagine. He’s taken the rich, melodic reverbs