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Nantes: the haunted swing

Nantes, France – a contributor sent us this recording from the back yard of a restaurant, with a distinctively creaking playground swing in action. Here’s how one artist imagined the swing as a haunted relic.

Montmartre: Paris is closing

“I always liked leaning out of the balcony late at night to watch the barkeepers close up shop. It always seemed such a relaxed, satisfied process. Couples would walk slowly by, smoking and talking softly. Others would linger in doorways, shutters half closed, and pass a few more moments in idle chat before sealing the doors and drifting home. It is, to me, unmistakably Paris.”

#MuseumWeek – Cities and Memory’s museum highlights

This week, Museum Week is being celebrated around the world, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to assemble the highlights of our field recordings and reimagined sounds from various museums and exhibitions around the world. Here are the Cities and Memory museum highlights for

Free Cities and Memory album – the best of 2014

Following hot on the heels of our Hamburg-based album Erinnerungen an eine Stadt, we’re pleased to offer up the first in (hopefully) a series of free downloads highlighting the very best of Cities and Memory. It’s been quite a first year for us, with 60 contributors,

How Paris sounds to two different people

Today’s an interesting one for me, as it’s a day on which I step back from Cities and Memory and just become a facilitator for other people’s recordings and art. We have a field recording from the Louvre in Paris by Jase Warner, which has