The City Rings


How does Paris sound? First session in Gualtar, Portugal.

In our first session, this afternoon, we talked about traveling.
Every country has its own smells and colors, but also its own sounds.


We tried to imagine what are the typical smells, colors and sounds of Paris by becoming walkers with our imagination and by looking with our ears.


In Paris we found the smell of crepes, caramel and perfume, and the colors of yellow-gold-brown of autumn, but also grey clouds. How does Paris sound for us? As carousels, rain, birds around the Seine and the Eifel Tower, and a lot of people and cars.


The smells of Gualtar are on this moment roasted chestnuts. They are roasted by sellers on the corner of the streets in november, the color of Gualtar is the deep green of the hills around. Even in winter the trees have leaves and flowers keep growing. The most typical sound of Gualtar? A lot of bells. On top of the hill in front of Gualtar you find 2 of the biggest churches of Portugal, Bom Jesus and Sameiro, in and around the hills are dozens of others small churches.


After this imaginary trip we went to listen to the first real sound of Paris. The school bell of the Olivier Metra school, that didnĀ“t seem te be so different of ours.
Next step was to explore how sound recording work and all pupils presented objects they brought from their homes.


We listened to the sounds that these personal objects can make and experimented with the different sounds of them. Time passed very fast, so there was no choice then to continue in another session.


Here you find some photographs of our afternoon.









And here you have a taste of our sounds (more then 20 others on Freesound):


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