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Tag: Cities & Memory


Varanasi, India: an offering to the Ganges

Today’s field recording is a journey to Varanasi, India by Mike Bingham, who tuned into a fascinating daily ritual in the city: “Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganga River. Ganga Aarti (ritual of offering prayer to the Ganges river) is held daily at dusk. Several


Repainting Cromarty Beach

A peaceful field recording from Scotland by Jessa Davies – this is the sound of the waves at Cromarty beach recorded in the summer of 2020. The faint hum of work on the retired oil rigs in the Firth can be heard. City version: For the reimagined piece, the natural

The Gate of Hell

We continue our tour of the Inferno, and today we reach the gate of Hell – Canto Three represents Dante’s last moments in the earthly realm before entering Hell – and contains the most famous lines of the entire Divine Comedy. “Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’intratre” / “Abandon all hope,

call to prayer sound

Five calls to prayer in Riyadh

We were fortunate enough to spend some time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and one of the defining sounds of the city is very obviously the five-times-per-day call to prayer – the call to prayer sound is today’s focus in our Future Cities world tour. In different parts of the city

Istanbul sounds

Future Cities: the sounds of Istanbul

The next stop on our tour of the world’s urban sounds takes us to where Europe and Asia meet on the Bosphorus – let’s tune in to Istanbul sounds. The call to prayer is a classic sound of the city, and David Webb recorded this one on a hill in the