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.
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