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accompanying sound tracks to On Site review 28: sound

Not all the articles in this issue have accompanying sound tracks, but the ones which do are listed here, by page number. 

Additions to this page, podcasts, more sound files, other pieces of information will be posted as they come in.


cover: sound

Lady McCrady: Daddio Listens ...

original 68"hx54"w, oil on canvas, 2012
Installations and Paintings
Power & Light - The Sublime - giant forces we can't comprehend.  
Burning, flashing, steaming Danger Zones.  Corp Icons



Stephanie White: Sound, firmness, commodity and delight.

The is the intro to the issue, part of it – I left out the discussion of the National Music Centre – but would like to include the last paragraph, because I quite like it:

Thinking about an architecture that addresses sound, it doesn't have to be the sound of our civilisation, its music, its mechanical noise, its bellowing spatial control.  It can be something much more fundamental – the sound of our place on the earth.

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Nick Sowers: Listening Practice

Fes, Morocco, on a scrubby hill overlooking/over-listening the city. Like the view, the image in sound is dense in detail. Tiny spikes of contrast: a distant horn, sparrows flittering in the foreground, the sharper cry of a child nearby. Emerging from a grey droning sea: scooters, voices, air conditioners, idling buses, the overlapping calls to prayer. This sound altogether is the averaged sound of a city.



Caelan Griffiths: the stratigraphy of Vancouver and Amsterdam :

This is an excerpt from the 1973 album, Vancouver Soundscape.  Various other tracks and further information are available at the Simon Fraser University Sonic Studio website, here.



Will Craig: sound control :

On any given day, my office suddenly becomes thick with sound. A tremendous din permeates every inch of the building. The Kimball Theatre Organ, donated to the National Music Centre in Calgary (formerly known as Cantos), is stationed on one of the lower floors. It is the largest organ in the collection, occupying approximately 200 square feet of museum space. Its sole mission is to generate noise. At one time the bellows would have been hand-pumped by a team of dedicated men; now, electrically-powered, it can be turned on at a moment’s notice to educate inquisitive school groups. It combines an array of instruments simultaneously to create an explosion of sound until, with a wheeze, the contraption completely exhausts itself of air.




Chloé Roubert: the bells of Notre Dame :

Click on the image of the bells and it will take you to a sound file of the bells.

The Notre Dame Project, Paris. The future soundscape of the cathedral



Emily Thompson: the roaring 'twenties :

The Roaring ‘Twenties is a collaboration between the Emily Thompson and web designer Scott Mahoy, produced under the auspices of Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy of the University of Southern California. The project analyses and discusses the sound of New York at a time when protests of the sheer deafening sound of the city were growing louder themselves. 

The websites for the project will be accessible in late 2012 via Vectors at or at  In the meantime, this will take you to an absolutely wonderful set of newsreel outtakes from the streets of the city:

The Fox Movietone Newsreel crew captured the sights and sounds of New York City in 1929, documenting the soundtrack of modern city life. Sound engineers measured noise in Times Square; construction sites resounded as machines dug and pounded the city’s surface; and along Cortland Street (known as Radio Row), the sound of traffic mixed with jazz and opera pouring forth from radio shop loudspeakers, an advertising practice that the city would ban in 1930.



Zile Liepins: singing the revolution :

Gaismas Pils (Castle of Light)   Jazeps Vitols, words by Auseklis. Composed in 1899 during the First Awakening, and removed from the repertoire in Soviet era song festivals.

Manai Dzimtenei (For my homeland)
Raimonds Pauls & Janis Peters. Written for the Song Festival centennial in 1973.

Saule Perkons Daugava (Sun Thunder Daugava)
Martins Brauns, words by poet Rainis. Composed in 1988.

Ieva Akuratere of the rock band Perkons singing "God, Help" at a music festival in 1988. This song became the anthem of the awakening of the late 80s.

Some stunning footage from the Barricades, showing the situation in 1991.




Helena Slosar: embedded sound : hearing architecture

The sounds that animate architecture, and the ways in which architecture augments those sounds, can be examined by observing the essential qualities of constructed space: material and geometry.  These characteristics, plus scale and construction method, inform soundscapes that are embedded within all built environments.  

How sound is shaped by space, and how experience is shaped by acoustics, I look at three distinct sites: the Abbaye du Thoronet, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and a Boston duplex, and how they are defined by the acoustical quality of the architecture, or, the ambient conditions of inhabitation. 

Abbaye du Thoronet, Le Thoronet, France
June 2012



Eon Sinclair: singing in the rain :

Ever wondered why we sing in the shower?  Evidently it is a very valuable recording space: all those tiles, all that damp air.




Urs Walter + Olaf Schäfer: acoustic models :


 Reading Hall, morning

Reading Hall, afternoon



Joshua Craze: everything has its own silence :

This is a podcast of the article that appears in On Site 28: sound, on page 52.