Sonic Histories

What do Lost Places sound like? Via @bldgblog on twitter, found this interesting article about ALEXIS MADRIGAL going on a quest to find the first soundscape. Aside from being a pretty interesting exploration in itself, the article also mentions Audioboo, ‘a simple service that lets you geolocate and upload recordings from a smartphone, are enabling whole nations to be enlisted as distributed recorders’, noting there are ‘active soundmapping projects in SeoulBarcelonaNew YorkMadridVancouverTorontoBerlinNew Orleans‘.

“We have to go back to the actual physical recording technologies used to understand why we couldn’t record cities… We will never know what New York, Los Angeles, or any other city sounded like before the automobile hit the streets and electricity was commonplace.”

And while we’re in a map headspace – want to add your Lost Place to Google Maps? Youtube instructions here, thanks to Anna.


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