Digital Sanctuaries offers audio tours around Manhattan, where participants experience historical sites with a specific song.

What is the sound of the city? Cars honking? Birds tweeting? Drivers yelling? For three days in November, Digital Sanctuaries offered ‘soundwalks’ around Lower Manhattan to let New Yorkers experience different sounds of their city.

The public art project used a mobile app to take participants on a tour of 12 different sites, and at each site, a specially composed piece of music played to capture the cultural and historical references of the place.

The musical pieces by composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra and composer Roberto Juan Rodriguez, both of Electric Kulintang, are abstract compositions that were intended to create virtual sanctuaries of each locations. Places on the tour include an African Burial Ground, Pier 15, the New York Stock Exchange and Titanic Park.

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