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New York City of Sound

By Rhizome

World Trade Center Recordings: Winds After Hurricane Floyd

I read once about seismic recordings taken by Columbia University during the World Trade Center attacks of September 11th - the bedrock of Manhattan was rumbling as the two towers collapsed, and this showed up on Columbia's seismometers. These recordings were then transformed into audio files, and you could listen to the wounded, melancholic howl of Manhattan as its two tallest buildings fell to the ground. (A vaguely related story, of course, is William Basinski).

(For more on urban soundscapes see Orchestra of Bridges, London Instrument, Sound Dunes, and - an old favorite - musicalized weather events).

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