There are now quite a few sub- projects that I have developed from soundcities. All artwork by Stanza unless stated.
An online open source database of city sounds and soundmaps from around the world using online found sounds and field recording. The soundmaps and the database can be listened to, used in performances, or played on mobiles via wireless networks. Initially all the sounds where by Stanza, however now you can contribute your own found sounds.
This is was the first online open source found sound database of city sounds. Stanza's soundmaps have been online since 2000 and the database since 2003.
LISTEN TO SOUNDS BY CITY: 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
SOUNDCITIES GOOGLE SOUNDMAP. The whole database is now integrated into google maps and google earth which includes geo data longitude and latitude and the name of the recording artist. You can travel around the world listen to the sounds. As you visit each city all the sounds appear. Each time you visit this page it takes you to a random city.
DATACITIES SENSOR MAP: Sensors are placed all over the city as a visual map of light, temperature, noise, humidity, and the data in the real time environment now place and seen live on Google Maps.A online development of the Sensity project about visualization of real time data.
WORLD SOUNDMAP: Click to see all the soundcities on one global map of the world. This now enables kml integration option to view a city in Google Earth.
SOUNDCITIES CD Musical compositions using the soundcities database by Stanza 2003 made and released as MP3 download release. Stanza reworked all the found sounds into finished musical compositions called Soundcities CD. This cd also called "Soundcities", mixes of all these founds sounds from the online database into a series of compositions from each world city. The intention was to also make compositional interpretation of these sounds. Working with Pelado the sounds where arranged as finished compositions into nearly 70 mins of music that forms the basis of a 'world tour'. The sounds are augmented and fractured and some are altered using specially made software but only city sounds are used. After more than a year of editing arranging and tweaking this is now finished.2003
PERFORMANCE. Stanza is available to make performance of the soundcities project. During the performance Stanza operates the soundcities applications and soundmaps on three laptops these generate sound control data and image data.This is basically a live world tour of city sounds as music. These machine are connected to a mixing desk. Images are coming from the website projects. Performances during the eight years have been heavily focused on the sounds of cities, the database live and soundmaps. I have been to sao paulo, london, paris, dresden, amsterdam, saltburg, graz, rotterdam, barcelona, san sebastian, manchester, liverpool, ljubiana, frankfurt porto, istanbul mexico. These found sounds form the basis of this performance piece called "soundcities". Soundcities is completely made up of found sounds and soundscapes and Centre sounds from the thousands of samples I collected. Selected performances have included: The Arts Depot in North London, DorkBot in Ghent Belguim, The Samsung Media Centre Korea, The DANA Centre London for Cybersonica, Delux in London, open-digi Brixton, Test Portal Holland, Digifest inToronto, the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.
Contact Soundcities performance by Stanza. Performance time: around one hour.
WORKSHOPS. Stanza workshop with the soundcities project. The workshop investigates field recording, collecting sounds, editing sounds, and finally they put them in the database and on soundmaps on the soundcities.com site. The group creates these soundmaps in the city by recording sounds using portable devices. The aim is to learn about field recording and using sound for creative uses, ie concerts, installations and enhanced experience of our surroundings.
SOUNDCITIES INSTALLATION There are 170 speakers in the installation version and it requires a large floor for it to go on. Version one went on a floor 30 ft by 15ft. This size can vary the minimum size could be 20ft bt 20 ft. The installation plays thousands of sounds from around the world and is arranged like a map of the city the artwrok is installed in.The installation plays thousands of sounds from around the world and is arranged like a map of the city the artwork is installed in.What you see and experience is a map of wires and cables and speakers including over 170 speakers, a custom made amplifier and cables that are all used to make the installation.The installation can be change to just focus on any given city ie London , Paris Rome or the whole world.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. As globalization fractures the identity of the city experience we start to find things that appear the same the world over. A growing labyrinth, a community of aural cityscapes and collages is now evolving online.Made in 2010.
SOUNDMAPS The first version of soundmaps by Stanza. These soundmaps allow you to mix up sounds in a series of online mixing desks. The original interactive soundmaps. Made in 1997 as part of the aw ard winning online artwork The Central City project.
SONICITY A Software feature using urban sounds . This is an online generative audio mixer that morphs the sounds as you listen. It regeneraties urban sounds onto a map. Its an interactive online soundnap. Made in 2000 by Stanza
EMERGENT WORLD: This online visual artwork updates images from CCTV and webcams around the world in real time with sounds from around the world being randomly played from the soundcities.com database via XML stream. Made in 2003 by Stanza
AUDACITY URBAN MUSIC: The sounds of the street as a generative audio cacophony. Multiple streaming players from city to city off the database. A crazy system thats loads hundreds of nooises and sounds from various world cities. It shows you just what noises we are bombarded with all the time. Made in 2004 by Stanza
XML Access: This area was developed in 2004 to allow other artists access to the assets on the database to share my data. Now it is all shared and you can code you own interface from this XML feed. Get in touch if interested and ask for permission and tell me what you are doing. This is the soundcities darabase.
If you want me to make a live performance using the database with live CCTV visuals get in touch.
If you want to use the database in a performance on your own or for an exhibition you must get permission first.
Soundcities is a project of sounds and soundmaps by British artist Stanza.
This is an unfunded project. www.stanza.co.uk
Copyright (c)Stanza (c) Soundcities. 2000 - . All artists rights reserved.