Soundcities. 2000 onwards {open source database of city sounds and soundmaps} (2003)

The first online open source database of city sounds and soundmaps from around the world, using found sounds and field recording. T

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Soundcities is a project by the Britsh artist Stanza. Recurring themes throughout his career include, the urban landscape, surveillance culture and alienation in the city. Stanza specializes in net art, data sculptures, and networked space. Work has been shown at The Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum. Recipient of Nesta Dreatime Award, AHRC creative fellowship and numerous prizes. His award winning online projects have been invited for exhibition around the world. Stanza main website www.stanza.co.uk

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The first online open source database of city sounds and soundmaps from around the world, using found sounds and field recording. The sounds can be listened to, used in performances on laptops, or played on mobiles via wireless networks. A sound art project by UK artist Stanza you can now contribute your own found sounds onto the various soundmaps or create your own soundmap. This website allows the audience the possibility to remix the hundreds of samples recorded from around the world in the database. There are now thousands of sounds from around the world.

Soundcities uses recorded soundscapes from world cities made over the last twelve years. 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.

BOOKINGS AND PERFORMANCE: The project is available for exhibition, workshops and live performance. Selected performances by Stanza 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. If you want me to make a live performance using the database with live CCTV visuals get in touch

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