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Posted by on Apr 17, 2011

Sonic Terrain and Mobile: Using the Market as Ambient Repository

Inspired by the conversations taking place as part of the #MobiMOOC course, I wanted to continue with using embedded audio/video/media to contextualize space through time. The scenario is relatively straightforward, but deserves a little introduction by way of a fellow participant on #MobiMOOC

Both your blog post and layar link reminded me of this project http://www.walkingthroughtime.co.uk/ A few years ago I worked on a project with a music professor at Uni of Aberdeen who recorded sounds in the environment (before the days of mashing up google maps http://www.gordonsoundscape.net/ we’ve since produced a KMZ for google earth http://www.petestollery.com/ ) Pete’s been particularly interested in recording places that are soon to no longer exist and we’ve often talked about the idea of an app like the walk through time, but a listen through time – sort of geolocated sound ghosts. Imagine wandering through a park on a cold blustery November day with your iPhone ear buds in and sound files get triggered according to your location and the date/period you choose to listen to, like say in this instance, Mayday holiday, so you hear kids playing, the hustle and bustle of a busy park, maybe distant music and nearby bird song … 

A listen through time. Fantastic. This immediately had me thinking of a post I did a few years back about the audio of prayer and had this had endless regional variations. The first audio is taken from Wikipedia and second is from Harlan Wallach and his team at NUAMPS. The third is my clumsy recording in Tunis. Notice the incredible regional variations there. Imagine the variations over time as well. 

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