During lockdown, we’ve all been noticing the sounds of nature that little bit more – and even in the centre of our cities, we can hear more (and different) birdsong that we could before the coronavirus pandemic. This recording is one case in point from the centre of Florence, Italy,
Where better to start on our global tour of the world’s sacred spaces than right here in Oxford, the home of Cities and Memory? We’ve captured some beautiful recordings here in our home city – so let’s take a listen.
Dada sounds goes to Paris today, treading the streets of Rue Tristan Tzara and Rue Marcel Duchamp and transforming the city’s sounds into something inspired by Dadaism.
The end of year review season is firmly upon us, so we’re happy to release Sounds of the Year 2015, a free album collecting together some of the highlights from Cities and Memory in 2015! As ever, the pieces are built from field recordings of existing locations, and the source material here takes in traffic signals, car horns, coffee cups and horses’ hooves.
In part one, we heard from 15 field recordists, who shared their favourite recorded sounds. Here, we take a closer look at what they told us and draw some conclusions about the factors that lift an everyday field recording up to the level of a sound you might remember forever.