We’d love to have your submissions to Cities and Memory, wherever you are in the world.
It’s a completely open project that is only possible thanks to the wonderful contributions of more than 750 field recordists, artists and musicians across dozens of countries.
You can send us a field recording, a reimagined sound or both – please follow the simple submission guidelines below:
Submitting a field recording
If you’d like to submit a field recording to be reimagined by our network of artists around the world, we need the following:
- The field recording sound file as a WAV, between 1 minute and max. 20 minutes in length
- The precise location where the recording was taken. This would preferably be by latitude and longitude coordinates, but a precise location like street address is also OK.
- A title for the sound and a brief description of what the sound is, what we can hear, any extra context that would be useful or interesting. This can just be a sentence or two, or more information if you have it.
- An image of the recording location that we can use to accompany the sound.
- If you have never contributed to Cities and Memory before and would like to be added to our contributors page, please let us have your full name, where you are from (city/country) and a link for any more information/other work if you have one.
You can submit field recordings directly using this link, or you can send them to us via Dropbox, Wetransfer, Onedrive or another system if that link doesn’t work.
We cannot accept sounds that do not fit the criteria above, and reserve the right not to use recordings if, for instance, the sound quality is too poor.
We have quite a large bank of field recordings, so it may take a little while before a submitted field recording can be reimagined!
Submitting both a field recording and a reimagined sound
If you have both an original field recording and a recomposed piece based on that recording, you can send both through using the two different forms. Simply include the details above for the field recording, and for the reimagined piece:
- A title for the piece.
- A brief description of how the piece was composed/how the field recording inspired the composition. Our listeners love to know about the creativity and the process behind each piece, so it’s great if you can include this.
You can submit recomposed pieces directly using this link, or you can send them to us via Dropbox, Wetransfer, Onedrive or another system.
Reimagining an existing recording
If you’d like to reimagine a field recording from our database of sounds from around the world, just get in touch using the form below. We’ll send you a link to the database, where you can choose a source sound to work from and then submit your finished piece.
A reimagined sound must contain the original field recording, or some element or part of the original recording, in some form (cut up, processed, manipulated or transformed are all fine, and so is using the “natural” recording). Otherwise, it’s a blank canvas for your interpretation of the source sound and how it informs your final piece, which can of course contain other sound sources too.
As above, the reimagined piece should be a WAV, maximum 20 minutes in length.