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Oxford sings with electricity

During the coronavirus lockdown, cities have been sounding very different – almost humming with the pulse of their own electricity beneath the eerie silence. Here’s one such story from our home city of Oxford, and a new piece reflecting on the changing soundscapes of locked-down

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison and the sound of electricity

Join us at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, where we’re examining this painting of Thomas Edison as part of our Smithsonian Treasures project. Painted during Thomas Alva Edison’s visit to Paris for the Universal Exposition of 1889, Abraham A. Anderson’s portrait depicts the wealthy entrepreneur

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Can you help us remix the world?

Hope you’re all safe and well and getting through lockdown, wherever you are in the world. It’s tricky to travel the world right now, so we’ve put together a special selection of some of our most fascinating field recordings for you to remix and reimagine.

Rhodes must fall

Sounds from the Rhodes Must Fall protest, Oxford

On 9 June 2020, following two weeks of global Black Lives Matters protests, and following the toppling of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol, UK, more than a thousand protesters gathered in Oxford city centre for Rhodes Must Fall, to demand the

Drumming with fireworks sounds

It’s time to celebrate, with fireworks sounds from New Year’s Eve. Join us for a huge fireworks display held in Prato della Valle in Padova, Italy – the largest square in Italy, and one of the largest in Europe. It’s midnight on New Year’s Eve