Cities and Memory

Cities and Memory

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Cities and Memory is a global field recording & sound art work that presents both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart – remixing the world, one sound at at time.

Every faithful field recording document is accompanied by a reworking, a processing or an interpretation that imagines that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere new. The listener can choose to explore locations through their actual sounds, or explore interpretations of what those places could be – or to flip between the two different sound worlds at leisure.

There are currently almost 2,000 sounds featured on the sound map, spread over more than 70 countries. The sounds cover parts of the world as diverse as the hubbub of San Francisco’s main station, traditional fishing women’s songs in Lake Turkana, the sound of computer data centres in Birmingham, spiritual temple chanting in New Taipei City or the hum of the vaporetto engines in Venice.

The sonic reimaginings or reinterpretations can take any form, and include musical versions, slabs of ambient music, rhythm-driven electronica tracks, vocal cut-ups, abstract noise pieces, subtle EQing and effects, layering of different location sounds and much more.

The project is completely open to submissions from field recordists, sound artists, musicians or anyone with an interest in exploring sound worldwide – more than 400 contributors have got involved so far.

Sound Photography
  1. Gratitude
  2. Palmerston Follies
  3. Dark Energy
  4. Caesium
Big Ben's final chimes
  1. Big Ben rings for the final time in four years
  2. Big Ben: the four-year wait
Protest and Politics - London
  1. Brexit means Brexit
  2. Ode To Joy - Unite for Europe march
  3. The National Front on the march
  4. Anarchy in the UK (London riots)
Protest and Politics
  1. Protest in Tahrir Square, Cairo
  2. A cry for democracy
  3. Brexit means Brexit
  4. Ode To Joy - Unite for Europe march
Interviews
  1. BBC World Service - Protest and Politics interview
  2. Protest and Politics interview - BBC Radio Devon
  3. Protest and Politics interview - BBC Radio Cambridge
  4. BBC World Service - Sacred Spaces interview
Churches Conservation Trust
  1. Pulling out the stops - the organ at Yazor
  2. Little Washbourne church bells
  3. Organ improvisation, Allexton Church
  4. The organ at Holy Cross
Sacred Spaces
  1. Climbing up the Duomo, Milan
  2. L'Ascensione
  3. Nine Bells
  4. Remembering Remembrance Day
The Next Station
  1. The Next Station is Covent Garden (in twelve languages)
  2. LondonTransitMuzak (Waterloo)
  3. Future (Westminster)
  4. Adagio for Cardiff City (Oxford Circus)
Black Women
  1. Black Women
  2. Weigh Five-Hundred
  3. Black Women - Sofia Botero reimagining
Duckin' and Dodgin'
  1. Duckin' and Dodgin'
  2. Trapped in the Void: No Way Home
  3. Duckin' and Dodgin' (Poor Reception)
It Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad
  1. It Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad
  2. It Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad (Dan Gusset remix)
Jumpin' Judy
  1. Jumpin' Judy
  2. Jumpin' Judy (Rodo Ramos reimagination)
  3. Rear Window Jumpin' Judy
Lonesome Blues
  1. Lonesome Blues
  2. Lonesome Blues on the Burgaz Island
My Baby Got To Go
  1. My Baby Got To Go
  2. The Wrong Side of the Tracks
  3. A Train Is Coming
  4. My Baby Got To Go (Life mix)
No More My Lawd
  1. No More My Lawd
  2. No More My Lawd (Alex Hehir reimagination)
  3. No More My Lawd (I Am With You)
  4. No More My Lawd (Adam Hulbert reimagination)
Old Alabama
  1. Old Alabama
  2. Old Alabama (Karhide version)
  3. Old Alabama (Ian Haygreen reimagination)
Old Dollar Mamie
  1. Old Dollar Mamie
  2. You Better Stay Off Ol' Parchman Farm
  3. Frozen Prisonaire
Penitentiary Blues
  1. Penitentiary Blues
  2. Penitentiary Blues (Andrulian reimagining)
Prettiest Train
  1. Prettiest Train
  2. Prettiest Train (Spigelsound version)
  3. Prettiest Train (Haris Sahacic version)
Rock Me Mama
  1. Rock Me Mama
  2. RMM
  3. Rock me, rock me, rock me
  4. Rock Me MoMa