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An improvised water taxi in Murano, Italy

The vaporetto (water taxi) is one of the most recognisable sounds in Venice – the thrum of its engines and the chatter of passengers is the lovely equivalent of the constant drone of traffic noise in so many other cities around the world. A recording

Cities & Memory on two albums for World Listening Day

Friday marked World Listening Day, a global celebration of field recording and listening to the world. We’re very happy to say that two separate Cities and Memory contributions are on two different albums marking how we listen to the world. Our recording from the British

Shattering the peace in Venice

Back to Venice, the inescapable sonic inspiration for so much of Cities and Memory. Here we took a boat trip to the small, peaceful island of Burano, where a machine boat working on one of the canals shatters the tranquility with its noise – similar

The top ten sounds from April 2014

Time for our monthly roundup of the best sounds from around the world, both those we’ve made ourselves in the Cities and Memory labs, and those submitted by artists and field recordists. This month we’ve had a bumper crop of contributions from lots of people,