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!
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