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Save Our Sounds: An Audio Map of the World

Save Our Sounds: An Audio Map of the World

BBC World Service's Save Our Sounds site collects and archives all the different sounds of the world.

Dan Gould

BBC World Service’s Save Our Sounds site collects and archives all the different sounds of the world. From horses in Kyrgyzstan, to the “traffic, tea makers, markets and washerwomen” of Delhi the site examines the often overlooked acoustic eco-system of the planet, and how its evolving. Visitors can also upload their own field recordings of local areas to help build an auditory map of the world.

The BBC explains:

Stop and listen to the sounds around you. Shut your eyes and open your ears.

We can so easily take sound for granted. If you have ever been in a room and only noticed the whirring noise of a fan when somebody switches it off, you understand the point.

The eye is attracted by change, the new and the flashy. Our ears, by contrast, are seduced by the familiar. Yet, all the time, the sound of the world is changing. Precious sounds are dying while new ones enter our lives.

So here at the BBC we want to build a sound map of the world – and save endangered sounds from extinction. And who better to help than avid audio consumers like you?

Save Our Sounds

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