Cities and Memory - remixing the world

Cities and Memory - remixing the world

Cities and Memory remixes the world, one sound at a time - a global collaboration between artists and sound recordists all over the world. The project presents an amazingly-diverse array of field recordings from all over the world, but also reimagined, recomposed versions of those recordings as we go on a mission to remix the world. What you'll hear in the podcast are our latest sounds - either a field recording from somewhere in the world, or a remixed new composition based solely on those sounds. Each podcast description tells you more about what you're hearing, and where it came from. There are more than 5,000 sounds featured on our sound map, spread over more than 100 countries and territories. The sounds cover parts of the world as diverse as the hubbub of San Francisco’s main station, traditional fishing women’s songs at 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. You can explore the project in full at http://www.citiesandmemory.com

Episodes

July 22, 2021 5 min
Saint Petersburg art exhibition reimagined by Simon Woods.

"The piece is built up from the original field recording. Added to this is an ever changing series of sequences, rhythms and sounds – the notes, scales and chords dictated by the original recording.?

"The music is constantly changing with new sequences coming in and dropping out – at least one new track (often more) was added each day, 31 in all."
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Recording from the Manege Exhibition Hall in Saint Petersburg, Russia by Valo Tsvetkutia.

"The Laboratory of the Future is an exhibition that took place in the "Manege", at which I volunteered at.?

"There was an art installation, a piano cut in two, and there was a magnetic coil that is making the sound you hear in the recording."
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July 21, 2021 2 min
Uzbekistan Khiva Star hotel sounds reimagined by Martha Riva Palacio Ob?n.

"Night is a liminal spacetime where, paraphrasing Salom? Voegelin, different rhythms and beings converge creating simultaneously many possible worlds.?

"In this brief aural essay, I bring forward the background sounds in the field recording and mix them with a hybrid chorus of human and insect voices. The mechanic hum is replaced with the reverbera...
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July 21, 2021 57 sec
Soundscape recorded at the Orient Star Hotel in Khiva, Uzbekistan by Mark Wilden.
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July 20, 2021 4 min
Klein Karoo nature reserve, South Africa, reimagined by Emmy Tither: "I was inspired by the dry and the dust."
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July 20, 2021 21 min
Klein Karoo nature reserve, South Africa, recorded by restive.

"Field recording made on a recent trip to the Klein Karoo near Ladismith. This was recorded during the day; you can hear the sound of a tractor plowing a field, workers in the fields, water rushing down an irrigation furrow, various bird and frog calls, the occasional car passing on the road."
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July 19, 2021 3 min
Laos forest sounds reimagined by Martin Juenke.

"I took the recording, cleaned and streamlined it, pitched it down a bit to avoid harshness and fatiguing highs and stretched it to an appropriate length. 

"Then I added kind of Berlin School arpeggios and harmonies, a layer of pulsing tones and other stuff to create a rich, calm, flowing atmosphere."
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July 19, 2021 1 min
Recording from a forest near Luang Prabang, Laos, recorded by Manuel Oberkalmsteiner.

"Birds singing in the forest somewhere in the nowhere."
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July 19, 2021 2 min
Petra traditional flute music reimagined by Nigel Lloyd.

"The reimagined piece is built from a few recordings taken on a trip to Jordan and Israel in 2019. The recordings were mostly from Petra in Jordan during a sound and light show where a man was playing a traditional piece of flute music.

"On the long walk down to the building in the accompanying photograph there was an atmospheric drone echoing through the cleft in t...
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Field recording from the famous archaeological site at Petra, Jordan (otherwise known as The Rose City due to its pink sandstone cliffs), during a sound and light show featuring pieces of traditional flute music.

Recorded by Nigel Lloyd. 
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July 18, 2021 3 min
Pyramid of Tirana reimagined by Museleon.

"What things do you think of as summer?

"Sun, sea, sandcastles, ice creams melting, strawberries and cream and aliens enjoying a competitive game of tennis at Wimbledon…

"Hang on there... aliens at Wimbledon?

"Starting with the field recording from the Pyramid of Tirana, I heard a tiny sample of what seemed like cutlery or metal clanging, that when looped sounded like a ...
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July 18, 2021 2 min
Burmese monk singing reimagined by Geraint Rhys.

"Inspired by the project's title 'remix the world' I didn't want to confine myself to a particular genre, so when I chose this clip I picked it because there was a clear rhythmic musicality to it and allowed that to lead the way.?

"I then built the piece around these vocal rhythms allowing it to develop into something which takes in elements of house, techno...
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"Recording taken during a trek from Kalaw to Inlee Lake, Burma when we passed a small wooden monastery."?

Recorded by Manuel Oberkalmsteiner.
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July 18, 2021 2 min
At the Durdle Door area of outstanding beauty in Dorset, England, the Stair Hole cove is a secluded, reverb-drenched cove tucked away behind the cliffs. The gentle swish of waves blends with the sounds of holidaymakers escaping the 2020 Covid-19 lockdowns, and above that the sounds of gulls wheeling and arguing among themselves is the key feature in the soundscape. Recorded by Cities and Memory.
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On board the funicular that descends from SchatzAlp into the town of Davos, we're visiting the 2020 World Economic Forum, and keenly listening in to the types of conversations that take place when the world's business leaders (and corporate marketeers) descend on one small town in Switzerland. Recorded by Cities and Memory.
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July 18, 2021 5 min
Lulworth Cove reimagined by Richard Gadd.

"A collective noun for gulls is a squabble which is also descriptive of the noises they make. On the other hand they can soar gracefully arcing in the sky.?

"I was struck by the existence of two worlds in the recording, one of the holiday makers and the other more mysterious and enduring of the gulls and the cove itself and the piece is a description of that."
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July 18, 2021 4 min
Conversations on board the SchatzAlp funicular at the World Economic Forum in Davos reimagined by Xqui - "experimentations in delay times and quarters."
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July 14, 2021 5 min
Stream at Malham Cove, Yorkshire, England reimagined by Canis Arboris.

"It's a soundtrack for journey into the woods. The deeper we get, the more we can separate from everyday world of small, unimportant things, which in turn allows us to dive deep into the space of our own mind.

"I approached the piece by playing with two simple chords on electric guitar, then added another layer of guitar on top of that, then bass a...
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Malham Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre-shaped cliff formation of limestone rock about 260 feet high, and is one of the major tourist destinations and beauty spots in the Yorkshire Dales national park in England. At the bottom of the cliffs, the soundscape is calm and the air empty, carrying any sound large distances, and a small trickling stream is the main sonic feature on this quiet day, with pockets of birdsong and the odd p...
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Field recording from the Krč forest, Czech Republic by Kvetoslav Slambor.

"A sunny weekend day in the forest located in between the city outskirts and the suburbs. Lot of people come to enjoy the day in the nature, bike through or have a drink at the beer garden on the edge of the forest."
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