Monday, July 13, 2009

Sounds of the City

[morning call wreckage]
Open Sound New Orleans

As heard on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday July 12, 2009 ·

"You can identify New Orleans neighborhoods by their architecture, like the Greek Revival verandas along St. Charles Avenue, or by their smells, like the scent of beignets wafting out of Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter.

And the Crescent City also has plenty of sounds that you'd hear only along its streets.
Independent producers Jacob Brancasi and Heather Booth are mapping the city by sound for Open Sound New Orleans, an interactive audio project. Brancasi and Booth have asked New Orleanians to record what they hear in their neighborhoods, and then upload the audio to

The contributed recordings, called "soundmarks," are linked to a map of the city, so others can explore the sounds of people, music and everyday life found around New Orleans. "

It's really neat to just click around the map and listen to ice cream trucks, accents and distinct language, the sounds of the city during a Mardi Gras parade, a recording of a streetcar tour.. Makes you miss home enough to sting your eyes.


  1. Sal's! You coulda used the one I just took last week =). I had a lemon lime. Cyndi had a tangerine, and Dylan a lemonade. Mm.

  2. Doh! i took the Sal's one off and replaced with a Morning call one i took in May :)


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