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Cairo Sounds

by Cities and Memory x Karhide

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A journey through Cairo, as a series of evocative field recordings capturing the soul of this amazing city are transformed and reimagined into brand new compositions by long-time Cities and Memory artist Karhide.

"I am fascinated by the sounds of Cities, from the bustling streets and markets, to the ambient noises and music. I wanted to use these sounds as a source of inspiration and create something that reflects my own interpretation and imagination of the city.

"For the tracks for the EP I wanted to go for a dark LoFi tape vibe and use lots of tape saturation, distortion, noise, and low fidelity effects to create a gritty and atmospheric sound. I thought this style would suit the mood and vibe of the EP, as well as contrast with the quality of the original recordings.

All samples were chopped, glitched, looped and stretched then the music was created around them with the Syntakt and Digitone from Elektron along with the Lounge Lizard from Applied Acoustics Systems. All the tracks were mixed in Ableton Live using plugins from Output, Sonible, Fabfilter, Baby Audio and Aberrant DSP."


released May 5, 2023

All original field recordings by Rafael Diogo.

All compositions by Karhide.


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Cities and Memory Oxford, UK

Cities and Memory is one of the world’s biggest sound projects, a global, collaborative sound art and field recording programme with the aim of remixing the world, one sound at a time. It covers more than 100 countries and territories with 5,000+ sounds and more than 1,000 contributing artists.
Thousands of field recordings, recomposed and reimagined by artists around the world.
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