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, adas, albany, aluksne, amsterdam, atlanta, baltimore, bamako, bangkok, barcelona, beijing, belluno, belo horizonte, bergen, berlin, bilbao, binghamton, birmingham, blue ridge, bordeaux, bristol, brussels, budapest, cairo, calcutta, camberwell, caracas, catania, champaign, chicago, cluj napoca, colombo, cork, crawfordsville, dakar, dresden, dundee, 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, lexington, lisboa, liverpool, ljubiana, london, los angeles, louisville, madrid, manchester, marseille, minneapolis, montevideo, montpellier, montréal, moscow, munich, napoli, new york, palma, pamplona, paris, pavia, perugia, phoenix, portland, porto, prague, rabat, rennes, rome, rotterdam, salzburg, san fiorenzo, san francisco, san sebastian, santa terezinha, sao paulo, seoul, shanghai, stavanger, stuttgart, suzhou, taipei, tallinn, tel aviv, thessaloniki, tokyo, toronto, toulouse, trieste, ulm, utrecht, venezia, vienna, wroclaw:
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.
SOUNDCITIES INSTALLATION 2015 There are 170 speakers in the installation version with new custom software system. It requires a large floor for it to go on. This size can vary the minimum size could be 20ft bt 20 ft to 60 ft by 50 ft. 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 aim is to create an online aural experience that evokes place, both as literal description but also developed musical composition. As globalization fractures the identity of the city experience we start to find things that appear the same the world over.
SOUNDMAPS: HERD ABOVE THE NOISE 2015 These soundmaps allow you to mix up sounds in a series of online maps. This is a new version 2015 .The original interactive soundmaps version one from 1997 which was part of the award winning online artwork The Central City project can be found here
DATACITIES SENSOR MAP: 2006 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 2003 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 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'.
PERFORMANCES 2000 onwards .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. Performances during the 15 years have been heavily focused on the sounds of cities, the database live and soundmaps. Selected performances have included: The Arts Depot in North London, DorkBot in Ghent Belguim, The Samsung Media Centre Korea, The DANA Centre London for Cybersonic , Delux in London, open-digi Brixton, Test Portal Holland, Digifest inToronto, The Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. Performance time: one hour.
SOUNDCITIES WORKSHOP 2015 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.
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 database.
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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 by British artist Stanza. www.stanza.co.uk
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