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“Sounds Of The Cities” is a sonic journey across our world, from low-fidelity to high-fidelity: looking at – and listening to – the noisy hubbub of urban life, the people and soundscapes that make up these creative capitals, and how we make sense of the chaos through creativity.
Cities are expressions of human creativity. They show our desire for vibrant community, engaging culture, and how we all want to give purpose to our lives. But cities can also be noisy, stressful and sometimes dangerous places to be – they can swallow a person up. Maybe it’s the excitement of that balancing act that draws us to them? In “Sounds Of The Cities” we journey to New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and elsewhere, showing how travelling is like listening to a song – it’s never just about sight-seeing, never just about nodding along to a melody. Travelling and listening both take us beyond all borders, political and personal. “Sounds Of The Cities” mission is to experience our world with wonder and awe, listening to it with an open heart, take it all in, change with it, be inspired.
Jump into the deepest of the deep ends of art and culture: New York. We go on an epic day-long sonic adventure through the Big Apple, along the way discovering a number of sonic surprises, not least a mysterious recording of influential composer, philosopher and famed man-about-New-York-town, John Cage.
For millennia our hearing has acted as our early warning system. It worked well in the relative silence of ancient times, but this primal sensitivity to sound in our noisy contemporary cities can cause confusion and exhaustion. We travel the bustling expanses of London and learn how we can learn to listen to all this noise, and even embrace it.
Ah, Paris. Unmistakable Paris. A place so essentially itself that it is truly irreplaceable. We visit the French capital to experience how sound creates the nearly ungraspable feelings – the *je ne sais quoi* if you will – that makes a place seem real or not… and we end up wondering just how Parisian the sounds of Paris actually are?