Sound Tourism


by Sound Tourism


Evolver Review

This isn't a music app, per se, but it's fascinating from a "found sounds" perspective. Basically, it's a sonic map that lets you hear interesting-sounding places, browsing by location or keyword. You can also add your own found sounds to the map. review by Eliot Van Buskirk

Publisher's Description

This a travel guide to our Sound World – listing places where what you hear is an important part of the experience. I’m very interested in suggestions for possible places with interesting sounds and other acoustic phenomena. Find places either via the soundmap, or use the right sidebar to find a list of locations, search or click on the Tag Cloud.

Browse a normal travel guide and you’ll read detailed descriptions of wonderful places to visit and enjoyable experiences to have. Modern lives are dominated by what we see, and so normal travel guides describe beautiful vistas, eye-catching art and iconic architecture. But the sounds of many places we visit are part of the experience. And in some cases, what we hear is more important than what we see.

Increasingly, people are going to capture the World’s sonic wonders, whether deliberately by recording what they hear on a mobile phone, or almost by accident, as the soundtrack on a video recording. This isn’t meant to about music or accents, although music and speech will be important for some sites.

This website wants to identify places with unique sound characters and encourage people to become sonic tourists.

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