• Welcome to the newly updated 2020 version of Soundcities with new navigation, embedded panoramas, and streetview.
  • A new digital art installation uses 170 speakers in a spatialised audio system of global sounds see
  • The soundmaps and the database can be listened to online or played on mobiles.
  • The whole system can be be used in performances, as a concert. Contact if interested.
  • Festivals, schoools and media organisation can organise workshops. Get in touch.
  • Initially all sounds by Stanza, you can now contribute to the project by submitting your sounds see the help guide or just submit.
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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. 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.

The soundcities project is growing labyrinth, a community of evolving aural cityscapes. 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.

Stanza has spent the last 20 years traveling to over 20 worldwide cities. During this time he has 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 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.


The project is available for exhibition, workshops and live performance. It is suitable for live concerts and media festivals and art galleries. If you want to book a performance, the installation or a workshop get in touch. If you would like to release the music cd or have ideas to develop and work with us get in touch. If you want to use the database in a performance on your own or for an exhibition you must get permission first.


Regional sound recordists wanted to get your city fully on the map, to act as city manager. And specialists in online marketing and promotion to help move this project forward.

Soundcities is a Stanza project. Stanza is an internationally recognized British artist, who has been exhibiting worldwide since 1984. 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. His mediums include; painting, video, prints, generative artworks and installations and music.

Copyright (c) Stanza 2000 - 2020. All rights reserved. Soundcities is a project by the Britsh artist Stanza Contact: EMAIL