The City Rings

Day: January 21st, 2013

Snap! Sounds from Palau Solità i Plegamans (Barcelona)

Look at them, with their recorders and headphones, running around, asking people to perform actions so they can record them. They are like us, but smaller! ;P



So we dedicated a full session for participants to learn how the recorders work and practice their new acquired knowledge around the school. This was a preparation for the task of taking the recorders home, and go on recording sounds from their daily life.



And they have collected quite some interesting sounds indeed. Below you can hear a few of them, and don’t forget to visit our Freesound SonicSnaps pack for the rest of them:


Oh! we did not remove , from the sounds, the voices of the participants when they announce what they are going to record. Of course we will not use those voices during the Sonic Postcard composition, but we found it could be interesting for you to hear some tiny Spanish and Catalan voices at work.






Sonic Snaps from Rennes in the snow !



Friday, we first listened to the Berliner soundscapes, and we are delighted to hear that German are made from our mysounds ! We tried to recognize all the sounds that we recorded.
Then we went into introducing the recorders once again, and we separated the classe in 7 groups to record sounds in the school (classroom, corridors, playground…). The playground was snow, we were able to record the sound of footsteps in the snow and snowball fights! We took benefit before it disappears. Today, we have no snow in Rennes unlike Paris! What luck !




We had instructions to record the sounds:
– Record environnemental sounds
– Record a moving object with the recorder in a fixed position
– Record a stationary object with the recorder motion
– Record a close sound (“zoom in” on a sound)
– Record a far away sound, distant





Here is a selection of audio recordings made at school by each group:


When we finihed the session, we got the recorders at home. We gave the recorders to the leaders of each group because we have only 13 recorder and we are 30 students in this class !


Here is a selection of audio recordings made at home by each group:

You can hear the others sonicsnaps recorded by each group on Freesound !

Today, we listened to some recordings at home, we recognized the sounds of a centrifuge, a plastic ball, a hammer … and even the subway!

We were separated into groups and we started our audio editing on Audacity, from the sounds made ​​at home and in school. Friday, you can listen to our audio postcards, we look forward to hearing yours !

See you soon !


An earful of IDES ( Paris)

We had a great afternoon on Friday. The class separated into two groups, one  remained mostly outdoors, whilst the others went inside. We went over how to use the recorder again before reflectiong on what sounds are particular to everyday life at IDES, and perhaps hard to recognise if you don’t know them, such as the ‘sonic footballs’ or the Perkins Brailler. You can hear the recordings below. At the end we all met inside for a nice cup of tea and recorded the kettle boiling. Some recordings didn’t work so we revised how to used the recorder again, that is part of the experience. Tomorrow, if all goes well and school is not cancelled because of the snow, we shall meet again, listen to the recordings made at home over the weekend, and finish our postcards. Phew…


Sonic Snaps from Essen


what a day, first we listened to the soundscapes from can cadellas. We tried to recognize all the sounds that we recorded. How colourful they were put together. really a good job! Then we went into introducing the recorders once again. It took us a while, because we had very different once. Since we hadn’t very much time on the first obejct recordings, we now took the time and discovered other ways to make sound.
Then we went out and hunted for more sounds.

And of course the snow was one of our favorites.

When we finished we got the recorders at home. And we are so exited of what will come out of that.

Here are a little selection of the best of: