London based artist, Stanza has created an interactive database called Soundcities containing thousands of sounds from cities across the world. Stanza recorded these sounds on his travel to the world’s major cities and has made it available to everyone on the site as open source sounds. The site also enables users to remix the samples recorded and then save their own mix, besides allowing anyone to upload sounds from various cities.
Stanza says that all cities have specific identities and their sounds tell us something about the people who live in them.
I am interested in the sounds of specific places, and how the sounds reflect this identity and re-impose characteristics back onto the location or environment. Cities all have specific identities, and found sound can give us clues to the people that inhabit these spaces, as well as provoking us and stimulating our senses in a musical way. The sounds of language impose a rhythm that the visual narrative can interact with. The aim is to create an online aural experience that evokes place, both as literal description but also developed musical composition.
The site gives an option to either listen to the sounds by city or by mood.