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Swing Jazz and a Fluttering Birdsoundlandscapes010203040506

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 12:03:15 +0000

I went along to the market yesterday to look at the stalls but also to record the street entertainers to add to my collection of Parisian Christmas Market sounds. As well as capturing the sounds of the jazz quartet I was also lucky enough to capture Lombardi the clown singing to the children.(image)

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Métro Station Liège and its Soundssoundlandscapes0102030405060708

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:45:26 +0000

A sonic feature inside this station is the effect of the relatively narrow tunnel and its curved wall. The wall seems to both amplify the sounds of the trains while attenuating the ambient sounds between trains. (image)

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Pont de Sully and its Soundssoundlandscapes01020304050607080910111213141517181920

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:05:53 +0000

I began to hear a curious repetitive sound, rather like the sound of a steam engine. This was a sound I’d never heard before. I’m very used to recording the sound of the large Bateaux Mouches as they pass but this time, as the boat turned, for a brief moment it headed straight towards me and as it did so it generated this curious sound.(image)

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À la Mémoire d’Edith Piafsoundlandscapes010203040506070809101112

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:12:08 +0000

In my experience, there are no silent churches in Paris: even without services taking place, without the organ playing and with no people, there are still sounds. It’s as though the very fabric of each church speaks to the attentive listener.(image)

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End of the Line – Château de Vincennessoundlandscapes01020304050607080910111213

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:46:53 +0000

To capture the atmosphere around the Métro station Château de Vincennes I recorded while sitting on a green bench alongside the wall and the moat on the western side of the château, close to the donjon and its bell tower. The sounds are the everyday sounds of this leafy part of Vincennes, including the chiming of the donjon bell.(image)

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Sounds In and Around L’Église Saint-Merrisoundlandscapes010205060708091010crbeTT%zQAeIMn+qQUH5xw_thumb_7ac1121314

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:52:17 +0000

For someone wired up like me it’s impossible to contemplate history without conjuring up images of the sounds associated with that history. Unfortunately, from my Parisian green bench my imagined historical sounds were overwhelmed by the contemporary sounds around me – 16th century stonemasons replaced by 21st century Chinese building contractors.(image)

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The Passage Molière and its Soundssoundlandscapes0102030405080607

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:09:53 +0000

The passage is a relatively quiet oasis amidst the more strident sounds of the surrounding neighbourhood so all I had to do was to give the sounds time to speak and tell their own story.(image)

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End of the Line – Les Courtillessoundlandscapes0102030405060708091011

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:11:13 +0000

For me, the most interesting thing about listening to and studying urban soundscapes is not simply listening to the sounds themselves, fascinating as they often are, but rather it is going to new places to find new sounds and then discovering and understanding the historical, social, cultural and political context that surrounds the sounds.(image)

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The Galerie Vivienne and its Soundssoundlandscapes0102030405060708091011

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 15:34:56 +0000

These are the contemporary sounds inside the Galerie Vivienne, recorded a few days ago. But we do have a record of the impression the nineteenth century sounds of the galerie made on one person: the composer, Hector Berlioz.(image)

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