Hello followers! I’d like to apologize for the silence since the end of the fellowship period. Let’s just say I’ve been job hunting like crazy so it’s taking up all of my time. I am planning on continuing the project but it’s on a little hiatus at the moment on my part. User submissions will be featured during the hiauts if they are received - so keep that in mind. Thanks for the continued support!
Weekly Recap: 9/25 - 10/1
Welcome to a very important Weekly Recap. Why? Well it will be the last one under the SoundCloud fellowship! Time sure does fly fast and I’ve had a great time going out and recording sounds in New York and Montreal. I’d like to thank those who sent in sounds for the project your contribution is very well appreciated! Now this doesn’t mean it’s the terminal end of the project. The project will continue, but there will be less posts unfortunately from myself. So this would be an amazing opportunity for all of you lovely followers to send in any sounds if you have any! You might know the drill by now, but if you don’t click on this link and you’ll get all the info you need! Now onto the recap!
Now this week will be a bit interesting because it’ll be sounds from Montreal and NYC! The maps were a bit more challenging due to me not knowing the general topography/urban planning of Montreal. The good news is that I love a challenge and I created a couple of maps I think you’ll enjoy. Now for Montreal I picked out some of the best sounds I recorded and they all coincidentally fall under the same neighborhood! The Quartier des Spectacles is a developing entertainment district in East Downtown Montreal. As I mentioned before the city is creating a variety of events to make sure this district becomes Montreal’s premier attraction - for both tourists and residents alike. So lucky for you all the sounds will be on one map, but I wanted to create another one just for fun. The first map is going to detail what borough the Quartier is in and it’s location in Metropolitan Montreal.
Finally, the next map brings us back to familiar territory. As I mentioned in my post, this final sound is important for me as it represents the city that I’ve come to know. Using the Arch as a catalyst the sounds from Washington Square Park gives you guys a peek into why I adore New York City. From the chattering NYU students, to the street performers, to the tourists, and of course the traffic I couldn’t have chosen a better city to fall in love with.
As that’s a wrap for my fellowship with SoundCloud! Now just one bit of news to share. I have co-organized the NYC meetup for SoundCloud Global Meetup Day this Wednesday. We’ll be doing an audio pizza scavenger hunt! I’m salivating already. To find out all of the details click on this link! Thanks for being an awesome crowd these past few months and remember to check back as I will continue to update the project. Philadelphia will be getting a visit very soon. CIAO!
It’s back to NYC! Now this recording is a bit personal for me because of its location. The Washington Square Arch is one of the most iconic structures in Lower Manhattan. To give you a bit of history lesson the arch was originally wooden and meant to be temporary. The first arch was erected in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration. This wooden arch became a huge hit ultimately motivating the residents to raise money for a beautiful permanent structure. The arch that we see today, built in 1895, is a product of the City Beautiful Movement - where American cities created public spaces and structures that would rival those in European cities. The Washington Square Arch has since stood at its very spot as the gateway to Washington Square Park and the Greenwich Village.
Now, why is this personal you ask? Well the arch has become an unofficial mascot of sorts to NYU, which just happens to be my alma mater. One of the lasting images I have from my first week at college was looking at the majestic arch set against the backdrop of 5th Ave. and the row of beautiful townhouses on the north side of park. Through the years the Park and Arch became a part of the “campus” I came to know. Even though the site of the arch became commonplace I would never give up the chance to just sit by the structure and just take in the sounds on a nice spring or summer day. That’s exactly what you’ll hear in this recording. The sounds that deepened my love for good old New York.
As always I’m looking for user submissions, so check out this link to find out how you can have your sounds featured on the site!
It’s only one week away! SoundCloud Global Meetup Day :: 5 October 2011
SoundCloud Global Meetup Day :: 5 October 2011
It’s only one week to go until our Global Meetup Day. SoundClouders around the world are gearing up for our Global Meetup Day next Wednesday. Want to know what sound means to the people of San Francisco? Dublin? New Yorkers?
Various meetup organizers around the world have been kind enough to share with us their plans for the day. Take a sneak peak and find out how to get involved on the blog!
I’m organizing a Meetup with the NYC Nomad! Join us as we go on an audio hunt for the best pizza slice in Lower Manhattan!
I’ll be closing out the Montreal chapter of the project this week with this recording. As I walked around downtown I stumbled upon Rue Sainte Catherine about a dozen times. The street is almost like 5th Ave, you can’t really escape it. The portion of St. Catherine I recorded around was a pretty interesting area. It reminded me a lot of St. Mark’s Pl. with tattoo parlors and an overall grungy feel to it. Additionally this section of the street was FILLED with street art. Almost everywhere I looked there was a mural, graffiti, or tagging. It was absolutely amazing. In fact, it was so good that I need to do more than just one picture to illustrate the street correctly. I’ve grown to love these recordings because they ultimately tell the story of a city or neighborhood. Through these sounds you can start to visualize how vibrant of how relaxing a place can be. In this recording you’ll hear some more French Canadian, music blaring from cars, and that bit of wind that never seems to leave me alone.
Today I take you guys onto the Boulevard De Maisonneuve in Downtown Montreal. After getting off the Saint Laurent Metro Station I decided to walk down this Boulevard, and what a great decision it was! As I walked down the street a noticed a siding of a complex was completely painted into a beautiful mural. After a couple more minutes on the street another complex had a great mural, followed by another. By the time I got to the middle of the long avenue I realized that almost all of the apartment complexes were made into urban art masterpieces! The entire neighborhood surrounding the Saint Laurent Metro stop is filled with street and graffiti art galore. If you’re an urban art enthusiast I advise you to head to Montreal immediately! In the recording you’ll hear all of the sounds I encountered along my walk down the street. There’s college students chattering, cars driving by, soccer games, and yes my footsteps. Enjoy!
Now I’m really excited about the sound I’ll be featuring today. The recording was done in Montreal’s “Quartier des Spectacles” specifically by the water fountains in front of the Contemporary Art Museum. The “Quartier des Spectacles” is an initiative by the city and fellow partners to liven up the downtown area through the use of visual culture. By putting up several art installations, public concerts, and more the city hopes that this initiative gives Montreal a unique identity that will keep residents and tourists coming back for more. I find this recording to be a particular stand out for multiple reasons. First I love how Montrealers and tourists interacted with the space. Some sat and read a book, or like myself, enjoyed a mid afternoon snack. Others - like the students in the beginning of the recording - were more active with the fountains playing around and using it to their pleasure. Now you’ll notice that there seem to be two different takes in the same area. Well I came back to the site at the end of my day to take a breath and noticed that all of the fountains were working! When I was there earlier in the day, it was just the main one. As the entire set started up a water show I noticed that the sounds of the water splashing had a bit of a tempo to it! I also love the different languages you hear in the recording, particularly the Canadian French and Spanish at the beginning. If you want to find out more about the Quartier read their mission statement here!
Hello all! Sorry for the hiatus, I had limited internet after getting back in the States Sunday night. So today I’ll start featuring the sounds I collected during my short trip in Montreal. Today’s find comes from the Promenade des Artistes in Downtown Montreal. Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil and I’m told a demi-god in Quebec, is exhibiting photos he took when he went on an eleven day space expedition in 2009. The exhibition - entitled Gaia - was a pretty interesting sight to stumble upon. In addition to about sixty abstract photos of Earth being displayed in public, the site featured a crosswalk that spewed mist that many UQAM college students seemed to be very entertained with. The site was a great place to take a zen moment on the sunny crisp Friday, especially after walking through alleyways to look for some gritty Montreal art. If you want to find out more about the public exhibit, click here!
Update from Montreal
Hello all! I have just woken up in a rather chilly Montreal (have to get used to the colder weather that’s coming in I guess). Now can I say one thing, and it’s going to sound rather silly of me to say, but I didn’t realize how french the city was going to be. I think growing up I’ve always been used to French being spoken in France primarily so it’s a bit trippy to hear French spoken in North America. Nevertheless I am enjoying my time in Montreal very much and taking in all that Canada has to offer. Yesterday I walked around a large portion of the downtown Montreal area and got some pretty good finds that will be featured next week! The plan today is to keep looking so I hope you guys end up enjoying the sounds I pick up over my weekend trip here. As they would say here - au revoir!
Today’s find takes us to the Lower East Side with the Guggenheim Museum’s BMW Lab. The lab is a new project by the Guggenheim Museum built to ignite discussions in urban development. As the Guggenheim’s mission statement says:
The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory traveling to nine major cities worldwide over six years. Led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, the Lab addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse. Its goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for city life.
The program is divided into three two-year cycles, each with their own unique theme. The theme for this cycle is Confronting Comfort bringing into discourse the challenge of mixing individual and collective comfort with social and environmental responsibility. I provide a lot more info in the recording so press play and enjoy!