Inspiring Cities and the Urban Soundscape

The highlights of an Inspiring Cities salon in Rotterdam, June 3rd 2009. There’s a growing interest in the opportunities of using sound in city development. In general sound is treated as a problem. Cars, public transport, events, pubs, schools –…

Odd Sympathies, 2008 – Orchestrated Sounds of a City

Odd Sympathies, a site-specific concert à pied, had its first performance in April 2008. Kerry Springs writes about this experience in CardiffOdd Sympathies, a site-specific concert à pied, had its first performance in April 2008. An expectant crowd gathered…

SoundCities: Compose Your Own Urban Mix

Pick’n’mix your own sounds from Bilbao to Brazil, from Dresden tot Istanbul, from Ljubljana to San Sebastian. Make a symphony of church bells, urban industrial sounds, sirens from cities all over the world. Soundcities!The Soundcities Database is an online…

Museumplein Amsterdam – The Stompstone Song

“Sit back and be impressed! I certainly was!”Earlier, we showed you the Musical Tiles, or ‘Dance Chimes’ on Museumplein, Amsterdam, as part of our citysounds programme. One of our readers, Janneke, said “Sit back and be impressed! I certainly…

Audiomaps of cities

In urban planning, sound is merely considered as a pollution problem. The Institute for Adaptive Music and Sound (IAMS) looks at the positive side of sound. During previous Inspiring Cities events in 2007 (in Hamburg and during Rotterdam-week) Kees Went…

Folk Songs for the Five Points

As a warm up for the Monospace Event in Hamburg a beautiful initiative from New York City.Folk Songs for the Five Points is a celebration of cultural diversity and change, using “folk songs” as a metaphor to explore immigration…

Inno alla libertà – Hymn to Freedom

Inspiring Cities supports the action going on at Flickr.com to support the resistance in Burma / Myanmar.> See  http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=birmania%20freedom&w=all&s=int for examples of this action going on at the international photo website www.flickr.com. Please read these few lines carefully. Some…

Urban Acoustics – Sound Hunt in Hamburg

A new way to discover the Soul of the City: through Sound. A first impression of the results of the Monospace Salon in Hamburg, with 1,7 mln residents Germany’s second city. The brand new Inspiring Cities Hamburg Office made this…

Music Tiles on Museumplein, Amsterdam

A small but great contribution to the soundscape of the Museum square.One of the ways we at Inspiring Cities found to discover the soul of the city is sound. The citysounds, the soundscapes. We gather all projects, small and…