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Albums of the year 2022

Looking back, we’ve been compiling our annual best albums of the year lists since 2014, which makes this our eighth attempt at summarising our favourite music from the last 12 months (first winner? Einstürzende Neubauten in 2014). Whereas last year’s unifying thread among our favourite

Cities and Memory: year in review 2022

It's been another huge year for the Cities and Memory project, with our global sound map hitting 110 countries and territories, and international projects launched covering shortwave radio, urban well-being and disappearing sounds. Here's how our 2022 panned out - and a massive THANK YOU
Obsolete Sounds

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: