• Soundcities The Global Soundmap Project
  • The Worlds First Online Database of City Sounds And Soundmaps
  • Soundcities is online open source database of city sounds and soundmaps the world using online found sounds and field recordings.
  • The soundmaps and the database can be listened to, used in performances, or played on mobiles via wireless networks.
  • Initially all sounds by Stanza, you can now contribute your own found sounds.
  • Special feature if you go to the world soundmap you can click to go via KML files onto google earth.
  • New installation see
  • New Soundmaps software see.
Sound of cities, city sounds. Souncities by stanza Sensor cloud across London for collecting data byStanza. stanza soundmaps Sensors all over London. Datacities.


This interactive website called allows the audience as creative user the possibility to remix the hundreds of samples recorded from around the world on various soundmaps. Soundcities is an open online database of the thousands of sounds from around the world and you can visits the various cities and create soundmaps.. The website also has series on online mixing desks where you can mix these sounds. Soundcities uses soundscapes recorded from world cities.

Soundcities was the first online open source database of city sounds and soundmaps from around the world, using found sounds and field recording. There are now thousands of sounds from around the world on the website. The concept started in 1995 with various iterations. In 1996 Stanza devised the term soundmaps and initiated the various works that developed into Stanza's soundmaps have been online since 2000 and the Soundcities database since 2004. This project allows the audience the possibility to remix the hundreds of samples recorded from cities around the world in an online database. The sounds can be listened to, used in performances on laptops, or played on mobiles via wireless networks. The Database is also open so anyone can upload sounds they collect from world cities, thereby making a contribution to the project and making an online sounds archive.

The sounds of cities also give clues to the emotional and responsive way we interact with our cities. Cities all have specific identities, and found sound can give us clues to the people that inhabit these spaces, as well as provoking us and stimulating our senses in a musical way. I am interested in the sounds of specific places, and how the sounds reflect this identity and re-imposes characteristics back onto the location or environment. The aim is to create an online aural experience that evokes place, both as literal description but also developed musical composition. The sounds of cities evoke memories.

A growing labyrinth, a community of aural cityscapes and collages is now evolving. The nature of the sounds and noise of cities varies in tone and language. A background rhythm can come into the foreground. The city is its own music, constantly evolving, a beautiful composition of squeaks, clanks, and pulses. We are familiar but distracted as it bombards our conscious slipstream. The sounds evolve, generate, move, die, fade and shift. The sounds of the city are out there all the time, there is no silence. The children, the trains, the drills, the animals, the micro sounds, the sounds of our bodies, the sounds of the street, the insides of our souls. Familiar forms, identities and sounds are common to all cities, and yet each have special forms that separate and identity particular places and spaces.

The city is the orchestra. As globalization fractures the identity of the city experience we start to find things that appear the same the world over. Soundcities, involves field recording literally the sounds we hear as we walk out of the door. Not just as noise (data) or as noise pollution but also as an appreciation of sound and how this not only affects the space but is the space. The noise is the city, the noise is the music, the city is the orchestra and we are just conductors whose interactive actions compose this music as we walk around. We control the interface of the city as we navigate the streets. We are responsive in out interactions of the city space.

I have spent the last 20 years traveling to over 20 worldwide cities. During this time I have collected and recorded the sounds from these cities. I also took thousands of photos. I have been to sao paolo, london, paris, dresden, amsterdam, saltburg, graz, rotterdam, barcelona, san sebastian, manchester, liverpool, ljubiana, frankfurt porto, istanbul, mexico city, new york.etc The result is this Soundcities sounds archive. This resource is now an open platform. The worlds first online database of city sounds and soundmaps.

Soundcities has become an open source archive, a resource to make spatialisation and sonifications of the environment based on the analogue recorded sounds.


The project is available for exhibition, workshops and live performance.


The project is unfunded is you would like to make a contribution get in touch.

LISTEN TO SOUNDS BY CITY: aarhus, albany, aluksne, amsterdam, atlanta, baltimore, bamako, bangkok, barcelona, beijing, belo horizonte, bergen, berlin, bilbao, binghamton, birmingham, blue ridge, ga, bordeaux, bristol, brussels, budapest, cairo, calcutta, camberwell, caracas, catania, champaign, chicago, cork, dakar, dresden, ekaterinburg, enschede, esquerdes, foz do iguacu, frankfurt, genzano di roma, glasgow, gothenburg, granada, graz, guangzhou, halifax nova scotia , hamburg, helsinki, hong kong, istanbul, izmir, jaipur, kobe, koln, kyiv, lisboa, liverpool, ljubiana, london, los angeles, louisville, madrid, manchester, marseille, minneapolis, montevideo, montpellier, moscow, munich, napoli, new york, palma, pamplona, paris, pavia, perugia, portland, porto, prague, rabat, rio de janeiro, roma, rotterdam, salzburg, san fiorenzo, san francisco, san sebastian, santa terezinha, sao paulo, seoul, shanghai, stuttgart, suzhou, taipei, tel aviv, thessaloniki, tokyo, toronto, toulouse, trieste, uhtrect, ulm, venezia, vienna, wroclaw: aarhus , albany, new york , aluksne , amman , amsterdam , bamako , bangkok , barcelona , beijing , belo horizonte , bergen , berlin , bilbao , birmingham , blandford forum , bogota , bordeaux , bristol , brussels , budapest , buenos aires , cagliari , cairo , camberwell , caracas , catania , champaign , chicago , cork , dakar , dalian , den haag , dresden , ekaterinburg , esquerdes , fuzhou , genzano di roma , glasgow , gothenburg , granada , graz , halifax nova scotia , hamburg , helsinki , hong kong , istanbul , kobe , kyiv , la laguna , lisboa , liverpool , ljubiana , london , los angeles , marseille , mexico city , montevideo , munich , nairobi , napoli , new delhi , new york , paris , pavia , perugia , portland , porto , prague , rabat , rio de janeiro , roma , rotterdam , salzburg , san fiorenzo (saint-florent) , san francisco , san sebastian , sao paulo , seoul , shanghai , stuttgart , suzhou , taipei , tel-aviv , thessaloniki , tokyo , toulouse , trieste , uhtrect , ulm , venezia , vienna , wroclaw , yogyakarta

LISTEN TO SOUNDS BY MOOD: ambient, atmosphere, beat, birds, boredom, churches, industrial, mechanical, music, noisy, people, rhythm, sirens, speaking, traffic, travel, voices, weather:

Stanza 2002

Stanza is an internationally recognized artist, who has been exhibiting worldwide since 1984. His artworks have won twenty international art prizes and art awards including:- Vidalife 6.0 First Prize. SeNef Grand Prix. Videobrasil First Prize. Stanzas art has also been rewarded with a prestigious Nesta Dreamtime Award, an Arts Humanities Creative Fellowship and a Clarks bursary award.

His artworks have been exhibited with over fifty exhibitions globally. Participating venues have included :- Venice Biennale: Victoria Albert Museum: Tate Britain: Mundo Urbano Madrid: New Forest Pavilion Artsway: State Museum, Novorsibirsk. Biennale of Sydney, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Mexico: Plymouth Arts Centre: ICA London: Sao Paulo Biennale:

Recurring themes throughout his career include the urban landscape, surveillance culture, privacy and alienation in the city. Stanza is interested in the patterns we leave behind as well real time networked events that can be re-imagined and sourced for information. Stanza uses multiple new technologies to create distances between real time multi point perspectives that emphasis a new visual space. The purpose of this is to communicate feelings and emotions that we encounter daily which impact on our lives and which are outside our control. His mediums include; painting, video, prints, generative artworks and installations. Recurring themes throughout his career include, the urban landscape, surveillance culture and alienation in the city.

(C) Stanza. 2000 . All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS. soundmaps, soundcities, urban sounds, city, field recording , noise maps