• The soundmaps and the database can be listened to, used in performances, or played on mobiles via wireless networks.
  • Initially all sounds by Stanza, you can now contribute your own found sounds.
  • Special feature if you go to the world soundmap you can click to go via KML files onto google earth.
  • New installation uses 170 speakers in spatialised system see
  • New Soundmaps software uses new system to mix and gather the sounds online see.
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Soundcities is an open online database of the thousands of sounds from around the world and you can visits the various cities and create soundmaps..

Soundcities was the first online open source database of city sounds and soundmaps from around the world, using found sounds and field recording. There are now thousands of sounds from around the world on the website. The concept started in 1995 with various iterations. In 1996 Stanza devised the term soundmaps and initiated the various works that developed into Stanza's interactive soundmaps have been online since 2000 and the Soundcities database since 2004. This project allows the audience the possibility to remix the hundreds of samples recorded from cities around the world in an online database. The sounds can be listened to, used in performances on laptops, or played on mobiles via wireless networks. The Database is also open so anyone can upload sounds they collect from world cities, thereby making a contribution to the project and making an online sounds archive.

The sounds of cities also give clues to the emotional and responsive way we interact with our cities. Cities all have specific identities, and found sound can give us clues to the people that inhabit these spaces, as well as provoking us and stimulating our senses in a musical way. I am interested in the sounds of specific places, and how the sounds reflect this identity and re-imposes characteristics back onto the location or environment. The aim is to create an online aural experience that evokes place, both as literal description but also developed musical composition. The sounds of cities evoke memories.

A growing labyrinth, a community of aural cityscapes and collages is now evolving. The city is its own music, constantly evolving, a beautiful composition of squeaks, clanks, and pulses. The city is the orchestra. As globalization fractures the identity of the city experience we start to find things that appear the same the world over. Soundcities, involves field recording literally the sounds we hear as we walk out of the door. Not just as noise (data) or as noise pollution but also as an appreciation of sound and how this not only affects the space but is the space. The noise is the city, the noise is the music, the city is the orchestra and we are just conductors whose interactive actions compose this music as we walk around. We control the interface of the city as we navigate the streets. We are responsive in out interactions of the city space.

I have spent the last 20 years travelling to over 20 worldwide cities. During this time I have collected and recorded the sounds from these cities. The result is this Soundcities sounds archive. This resource is now an open platform. The worlds first online database of city sounds and soundmaps. Soundcities has become an open source archive, a resource to make spatialisation and sonifications of the environment based on the analogue recorded sounds.


The project is available for exhibition, workshops and live performance. If you want to use the database in a performance on your own or for an exhibition you must get permission first.


The project is unfunded is you would like to make a contribution get in touch.


1. Regional sound recordists wanted to get your city fully on the map, to act as city manager.

2. Interns. Specialists in marketing and promotion to help move this project forward.

3 . PHP expert level programmer for web development on voluntary basis only.

Stanza is an internationally recognized artist, who has been exhibiting worldwide since 1984. His artworks have won twenty international art prizes and art awards including:- Vidalife 6.0 First Prize. SeNef Grand Prix. Videobrasil First Prize. Stanzas art has also been rewarded with a prestigious Nesta Dreamtime Award, an Arts Humanities Creative Fellowship and a Clarks bursary award.

His artworks have been exhibited with over fifty exhibitions globally. Participating venues have included :- Venice Biennale: Victoria Albert Museum: Tate Britain: Mundo Urbano Madrid: New Forest Pavilion Artsway: State Museum, Novorsibirsk. Biennale of Sydney, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Mexico: Plymouth Arts Centre: ICA London: Sao Paulo Biennale:

Recurring themes throughout his career include the urban landscape, surveillance culture, privacy and alienation in the city. Stanza is interested in the patterns we leave behind as well real time networked events that can be re-imagined and sourced for information. Stanza uses multiple new technologies to create distances between real time multi point perspectives that emphasis a new visual space. The purpose of this is to communicate feelings and emotions that we encounter daily which impact on our lives and which are outside our control. His mediums include; painting, video, prints, generative artworks and installations. Recurring themes throughout his career include, the urban landscape, surveillance culture and alienation in the city.

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