Archive for August, 2020

Soundcities gets an update.

August 17th, 2020

Soundcities ( has been updated with new navigation, embedded panoramas, and streetview and a number of new cities have been added. The soundmaps and the database can be listened to online or played on mobiles. The whole system can be used in performances, as a concert. Festivals, schools and media organisations can arrange workshops. Get in touch. You can contribute to the project by submitting your sounds.

Soundcities was the first online open source database of global city sounds and soundmaps, using found sounds and field recording. There are now thousands of sounds from around the world on the website. This project allows the audience the possibility to remix the thousands of sampled recordings in an online database. The sounds can be listened to, used in performances, or played on mobiles via wireless networks. The soundcities database is also open so anyone can upload sounds they collect from world cities, thereby making a valuable and collaborative contribution to the project and helping to make this online sound archive.

It would be great if you would submit sounds to the Soundcities project, wherever you are based in the world. Soundcities now has thousands of sounds from hundreds of contributors including field recordists, musicians, and artists across the globe. Sounds have been submitted from all parts of the world from central London to Montevideo. The sounds you submit take any form, streets sounds, talking to people, the sounds of industry, ambient sounds and bird sounds. Contributions can be made from the submit page automatically. Soundcities is an ongoing work, so there is no deadline for submissions.

The project is available for exhibition, workshops and live performance. It is suitable for live concerts and media festivals and art galleries. In addition a new digital sound art installation uses 170 speakers in a spatialised audio system of global sounds see here.

London Lockdown.

August 17th, 2020

London Lockdown, sounds like a Clash song. Covid 19 has everyone in London stuck at home for weeks and the streets are very very quiet. Using the CCTV and webcam networks of 400 online cameras it’s possible to be a surveillance flaneur wandering the empty streets through the networked online cameras that usually track us but now just point at empty streets.

A single screenshot from London Lockdown. 6.4.2020

I have been spending some time revisiting some of my software artwork circa (2002) that linked all these cameras together artworks like Urban Generation and I (while bored recently) made a day in the life of the empty street of London. A Covid portrait of the city of London.

This artwork is created taking images from hundreds of live CCTV cameras.

It can be printed up large for exhibitions…and its now part of my ongoing body of work called parallel realities. For other like this see…

LONDON Lockdown. Covid artwork. From day to night 6 April 2020. Surveillance in the empty city.
LONDON Lockdown. Covid artwork. From day to night 6 April 2020.