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The street sounds of Amsterdam

Often when you visit a new city in a new country, it’s the most everyday sounds that immediately stand out to you as exotic, as different – the sounds that residents quickly come to ignore as part of the tapestry of their daily lives. Outside

Lost in Amsterdam Centraal

Today we’re deep inside Amsterdam’s cavernous Centraal train station, serving destinations all over Europe. The station opened in 1889, designed by Pierre Cuypers, who also designed the Rijksmuseum.

Subharmonic Amsterdam ferry

Today we’re taking a trip on the Amsterdam ferry – this short trip only lasts for two or three minutes, and crosses the River IJ in Amsterdam from the Centraal station to the Noord district, constantly shuttling back and forth. Here you can hear the entire journey, from the alarm signalling the automatic door closing to the engines slowing at the other side of the river.

Dutch Dada sounds

Our Dada sounds go to Amsterdam today, with reimagined sounds from Schiphol airport and from the Westerkerk church.