Cities and Memory - remixing the world

Cities and Memory

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

The voice of the world - a tour in field recordings
27-07-2022
The voice of the world - a tour in field recordings
This piece originally appeared as a sound installation at the Dar A Ouvir festival in Coimbra, Portugal in July 2022. The voice of the world - as heard by Cities and Memory Whether we’re protesting or worshipping, joyful or angry, sound is at the very core of human existence - we can hear before we’re born, and sound is perhaps the closest and most evocative sense we have.  Field recording captures the voice of the world in all of its glorious forms, and in this collection we listen to a series of recordings captured by Cities and Memory founder Stuart Fowkes in various countries around the world, and placed in dialogue with one another. Recordings complement and oppose one another as we are transported from place to place. An anti-terrorism protest in Germany is transformed into a crowd celebrating wildly at a football match. A pagan ritual in a field in England bleeds into a Muslim call to prayer in Saudi Arabia. A pro-Ukraine, anti-war demonstration sits in opposition to a plaintive song by a Russian folk singer. We hear traditional music from performing street troupes, klezmer bands, flamenco dancers and beatboxers, expressing community, hope and sadness in unique and profound ways. This truly is the voice of the world. List of sounds: 1. Pagan ritual at the sacred Rollright Stones, England 2. Maghreb call to prayer in Deera Square, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 3. Traditional performing street drum troupe, Santiago, Chile 4. Michael Jackson beatboxer, Piccadilly Circus, London, England 5. Festival show introduction, Oxfordshire, England 6. Anti-ISIS protest on the Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany 7. Amongst the ultras at a football match, Venezia vs. Cittadella, Italy 8. Pro-EU demonstration 2017, The Mall, London, England 9. Jewish band plays Shalom Aleijim in a metro station, Paris, France 10. Flamenco performance at La Carboneria, Seville, Spain 11. Hare Krishna procession, Cardiff, Wales 12. Ukraine anti-war protest 2022, Oxford, England 13. Traditional Russian folk singer in Red Square, Moscow, Russia 14. Evening vespers prayers sung by monks, Abbazia di Praglia, Italy 15. Mass bells on Christmas Eve, Venice, Italy