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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

The war against poverty in Zealandia

This piece from our Well-Being Cities project is based on a field recording from Zealandia, formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a protected natural area in Wellington, New Zealand, the first urban completely fenced ecosanctuary, where the biodiversity of 225 ha of

IMAGE: Steven Lek, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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

Ubuntu: street soundscapes in Cuba

The next stop on our tour of the Well-Being Cities project is Havana, Cuba, where a field recording of a street soundscape by Jack Hyde starts with crowds going about their daily business. Halfway through, some wonderful Cuban music plays from a nearby bar as

buskers in Paris

Feral cities – Paris, France

Join us in Paris, as this field recording takes us to the Trocadero metro station, where a group of Jewish musicians play a klezmer-style arrangement of the traditional song Shalom Aleichem, which is typically sung on Friday evenings upon returning home from synagogue prayers and