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Cities and Memory are available for media interviews, questions and comment on both the Cities and Memory project and a range of sound-related issues.

For press enquiries, please email stuart AT citiesandmemory DOT com.

Press coverage

A collection of articles, news and interviews featuring Cities and Memory:

Radio interviews: 

– All About Photo: Biggest ever global collaboration between photographers and sound artists launches

– AlphrCities and Memory lets you visit anywhere on Earth and listen to local sounds

– An Antidote to Indifference: Article on sound and memory by Cities and Memory in this Caught By The River publication.

Article in An Antidote to Indifference, October 2015.
Article in An Antidote to Indifference, October 2015.

Athens News Agency (Greece): #StayHomeSounds – Αποτυπώνοντας τις αλλαγές των ήχων από την Covid-19

– The Atlantic: Mapping the sounds of the London Underground 

The Atlantic: What the internet sounds like

– The Atlantic CityLab: The sounds of protest are getting louder

– Atlas Obscura: Listen to the call to prayer in countries around the world

– Atlas Obscura: Mapping the sounds of political protest around the world

– Bandcamp Daily: The Best Field Recordings on Bandcamp: March 2023

Bangkok Post: Art of noise: UK project aims to save lost sounds

– BBC News: The Antarctic and Arctic sounds rarely heard before

BBC News coverage of Polar Sounds, 2023

BBC News: Rare polar sounds released to raise climate awareness

BBC Newsround: The Antarctic and Arctic sounds rarely heard before

– BBC Business Matters: Sounds of the snow playing guitar

– BBC Radio Oxford, Leicester, Nottingham, Scotland, Wales, Devon, Cambridge: Cities and Memory interview (listen above).

– BBC Radio 4 Today Programme: Sacred Spaces and Polar Sounds (listen above)

AFP News report on Obsolete Sounds, December 2022

BBC World Service: The sound of the London Underground

– BBC World Service: Sacred Spaces and Protest and Politics (listen above)

Bloomberg CityLab: How the Pandemic Changed the Urban Soundscape

Boing Boing: Explore a library of disappearing and extinct sounds at Obsolete Sounds

– Brilliant Maps: Listen to the World: Global Sound Map from Cities and Memory

The Wire magazine, July 2018
The Wire magazine, July 2018

– BR Klassik (German national radio): Die Stadt als Musik (‘the city as music’ – featuring Cities and Memory and our Hamburg recordings)

Canada Today: The Antarctic and Arctic sounds rarely heard before

– Caught By The River: Oblique Strategies project

– Caught By The River: Sacred spaces

CBC (Canadian national radio): Cities and Memory interview on CBC Spark (10 minutes, streaming audio)

CBC: What does a pandemic sound like? Artist maps audio from people’s daily lives

– A Closer Listen: The Chimes

Conde Nast Traveler (Spain): El mapa de los sonidos de las ciudades en tiempos del confinamiento

Corriere Della Sera (Italy): Coronavirus, un progetto racconta la metamorfosi sonora del nostro pianeta durante l’emergenza

– Corriere Della Sera (Italy): Il ghiaccio che canta e la foca spaziale: ecco i suoni «alieni» dei poli terrestri

– Crack Magazine: How Cities and Memory built a soundboard of global unrest

– Creative Field Recording: Remixing field recordings: Interview with Cities and Memory’s Stuart Fowkes

– Creative Field Recording: Listen to a sonic portrait of Hamburg, Germany

Daily Mail: Listen to the ‘alien’ sounds of Earth’s poles: Rarely heard Arctic and Antarctic noises including ‘singing’ ice and a seal that sounds like it is in space are revealed to the world

– Desert Star, Tucson: Collecting Sounds

– Designing Sound: Oblique Strategies

El Mundo (Spain): ¿A qué suenan las ciudades de todo el mundo durante el confinamiento?

– Electronic Beats: This map lets you listen to sacred spaces from around the world

– Electronic Sound magazine: two-page interview feature plus CD covermount album, July 2021

Electronic Sound magazine, July 2021

Elle Decor: Il suono della citta durante il lockdown e in una mappa interattiva da ascoltare e costruire insieme

– Elsewhere: A Journal of Place: See/Listen: Cities and Memory

– Elsewhere: A Journal of Place: Five-page Cities and Memory feature

– Euronews: Polar sound scape exhibition reveals rarely heard Arctic and Antarctic noises

– Everyday Listening: Cities and Memory

Fast Company: This map shares the sounds of coronavirus lockdown around the world

– Sonic tourist and sound mapper ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ (interview)

– Firstpost (India): The city and sound: What a global survey during the pandemic could tell us about our future soundscapes

– Fisheye Magazine: « Sound photography »: symphonie visuelle

Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil): Artistas gravam sons das cidades que ficaram desertas por causa do coronavírus

Forbes: Is Coronavirus Reducing Noise Pollution?

– Framework Radio: Special episode about Cities and Memory

– France Musique (France): Recréer le son de l’Enfer : le projet infernal de 80 musiciens

– Gizmodo: Explore the London Underground in sound

Google Maps Mania: Imagined soundscapes of parallel worlds

– Google Maps Mania: The sound of global protest

– Google Maps Mania: Mapping your local soundscapes

#StayHomeSounds in The Guardian, 1 April 2020
#StayHomeSounds in The Guardian, 1 April 2020

– The Guardian: Subterranean sonic blues? A journey through the first ever London Underground sound map

– The Guardian: Collection of space sounds released to mark 50 years since the moon landings – video

The Guardian: Art project captures sound of cities during coronavirus outbreak

Harpers Bazaar (Italy): Come cambiano le città durante e dopo il Coronavirus

– Hyperallergic: Explore the world’s sounds through a map of field recordings and remixes

– Hyperallergic: A crowd-sourced map for the protests of our time

– IFL Science: This map lets you listen to the world without human noise

– Il Sole 24 Ore: Creare le collonne sonore da una fotografia

Sunday Times Cities and Memory
Sunday Times Travel interview, 23 June 2019

– The Island Review: Utopia of sound

– It’s Freezing in LA: The sounds of the climate emergency

Japan Today: Art of noise: UK project aims to save lost sounds

La Stampa (Italy): Coronavirus, che rumore fa un pandemia? Lo svela una mappa

Laughing Squid: A collection of obsolete and disappearing sounds

Le Figaro: À Londres, un collectionneur de sons entend enregistrer l’époque

– Liverpool Echo: Sounds of Albert Dock, Cavern Club and other Liverpool landmarks preserved and turned into music

– Londonist: What does your tube station sound like?

– Londonist: A map of protests across London with added sound

– Londonist: This man has turned Big Ben’s final bongs into a 17-minute track

– London Sound Survey: Guest post from Cities & Memory

– Marie Claire Italia: Le colonne della città

– Mashable: This audio project maps the sounds of protest around the world

– Mental Floss: Experience the stop-by-stop sounds of the London Underground

– Music Teacher: Tech reviews 2022

– National Post: From birdsong to cheers, sound map shows how coronavirus is changing cities

NBC News: Sounds of our time? People around the world share recordings during coronavirus lockdowns

New Scientist: Bird flu in mammals, the cause of sunquakes, and the entropy of consciousness – the latest news in science

– New Scientist: Polar Sounds podcast: Rare underwater noises from the Arctic and Antarctic

New York Times: The 19 Best Gifts for Frequent Travelers

– Noema Magazine: Dialing Back The Noise In The City Of Din

Ouest-France: Depuis le début de la pandémie, le bruit qu’émet le monde n’est plus le même, écoutez-le

The Paper (China): 专访|“城市与记忆”发起人:用声音记录疫情中的故事

Publico (Portugal): O que se ouve em quarentena? Projecto reúne os sons do silêncio na pandemia

– Quartz: Listen to the sounds that make up the Indian religiosphere

Article in Marie Claire Italia, May 2018
Article in Marie Claire Italia, May 2018

– The Quietus: Protest sound archive launches

– The Quietus: Listen: new sound recording project

– The Quietus: Sounds Of Space Collected On New Project

– Resonance FM: Special programme on our Prison Songs project

– Resonance FM: Five-hour special on our Protest and Politics project

Reuters: From birdsong to cheers, sound map shows how coronavirus is changing cities

– SecretLDN: Listen to the sound of the underground with this interactive Tube map The deafening sound of the internet

– Smithsonian Magazine: Listen to sounds of sacred spaces around the world

– Smithsonian Magazine: This is what global dissent sounds like

– Sonic Terrain: Cities & Memory

The Guardian feature, August 2016
The Guardian feature, August 2016

– Sounding Out: SO! Amplifies: Cities & Memory

– Stray Landings: Cities and Memory – Dada 100 Years On

– Stray Landings: Sacred Spaces podcast

– (Sweden): Obsolete Sounds – biblioteket för försvinnande och utrotade ljud

– Sunday Times: ST Travel Meets… city soundscape enthusiast Stuart Fowkes

– Time Out: Explore the sounds of London with this audio tube map

Time Out Bangkok: 8 podcast episodes about Thailand you should listen to

Today (Singapore): From birdsong to cheers, sound map shows how Covid-19 is changing cities

– Travel Weekly: Travel’s undervalued soundtrack

– The Verge: This beautiful project creates soundtracks for photographs

– The Verge: This map lets you hear what the world sounds like without humans

– The Verge: Check out this library of obsolete sounds, including plenty of clips of old tech

Vice Creators Project

– Vice Motherboard: Sound of the Underground: an audio Tube map of London

Washington Post: Even when you can’t travel, you can still bring the sounds of a far-off city to you

The Week (India): The sounds of silence

– The Wire: Sound map of the London Underground network launched

– The Wire: Mapping the sounds of protest

– The Wire: Cities And Memory mark 50 years since moon landings

– The Wire: Unofficial Channels: Polar Sounds feature

The Wire magazine, March 2023
The Wire magazine, March 2023

– Wired: This is the sound of global protest, from Trump to Brexit

– Wired Italia: L’artista che colleziona i suoni del nostro mondo

– Yahoo! News: Art of noise: UK project aims to save lost sounds

Yahoo! News: Polar sound scape exhibition reveals rarely heard Arctic and Antarctic noises