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Sounds of the Year 2016

by Cities and Memory

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Travelling across the world from Cambodia and Iceland to Italy and Finland, here are twelve reimagined places, creating a reimagined sound world using field recordings as source material.

This is a compilation of some of the reimagined sounds that have been created for the Cities and Memory project during 2016. Each is a reimagined, remixed version of a field recording - in each case, the location of the original field recording is in brackets after the piece title.


released December 14, 2016

Pieces created by Cities and Memory, Leonardo Rosado, Andy Lyon, Mark Taylor, Manja Ristic and Warren Daly.

The field recordings these pieces are based on are from:
1. Senate Square, Helsinki, Finland
2. A choir practising inside New College, Oxford, UK
3. Birds singing in mango trees in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
4. The church bells ringing nine o'clock in the evening in Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Italian Alps
5. Andrew WK's stage intro tape at the Truck Festival, Oxfordshire, UK
6. Mandrac boat marina, Korcula, Croatia
7. Platform 15b, Centraal station, Amsterdam, Netherlands
8. The road leading into Djupivogur, Iceland
9. A weather station on the island of Uto, Finland
10. Saxophone busker at Leidseplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
11. Piano and violin busker on the streets of Padova, Italy
12. A torrential rain storm on the volcanic island of Stromboli, Sicily

Field recordings by Cities and Memory, except 3 by Warren Daly, 6 by Manja Ristic, 8 by Mark Wilden. Cover photo by Giulia Biasibetti.


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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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