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Launching today – Obsolete Sounds

Today sees the launch of Obsolete Sounds, the biggest ever collection of the obsolete and disappearing sounds of the world, covering everything from dusty VHS cassettes, vintage video games and old mobile phones to melting glacier ice and endangered traditional songcraft. The project documents not just

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Rise in love – midday in the Azores

For today’s field recording, we’re taking a trip to the Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao church in Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel, the Azores), where church bells ring out and play their daily melody at midday, taking their place among the sounds of daily life in

New York field recording

The city hangs suspended – a New York soundscape

Today’s sound is a field recording of a classic New York soundscape, walking through midtown Manhattan starting from 8th & 37th late at night. As well as the ubiquitous traffic noise, vehicle brakes and horns, we can hear snippets of conversation from passers-by. City version:

Image credit: "Book stacks, The British Library" by Steve Cadman, used under CC BY / Text added to original

Cities and Memory in the British Library catalogue

We’re delighted to let you know that The British Library is now archiving all Cities and Memory field recordings and original compositions as part of its permanent digital archive, the Sound and Moving Image Catalogue. All sounds that are uploaded via our podcast will automatically


Join the Cities and Memory community on Discord!

The Cities and Memory community has launched onto Discord! If you’re a Discord user, join us for an open space in which we can discuss anything related to sound, field recording, composition, music-making and of course Cities and Memory projects. We’re hoping the space will