Music near Liberty Palace, London UK - Submitted by Silvia Maggi

Happy Tuesday, all! I’m back to posting here after a nice long weekend exploring Berlin. Today I started my first German class, too, so I’m having a great day! 

This week I thought I’d share some of the great submissions I’ve received since my little break when I moved. There are a bunch of cool little city sounds that I’ve got lined up, so let’s begin! 

We’ve heard from Silvia before - HERE and HERE, and she’s just moved from Milan to London, England! A new city with a new soundscape, and I’m so glad she has decided to share a recording with us today! 

It’s the sound of buskers in London playing La Bamba! Silvia explains, 

I moved in London a week ago. 
This is my first recording after a busy week.

Curiously, I’ve recorded the same song in Berlin.

All is new, love this city.

Lovely! I’m so glad to hear you’re loving London, it’s such a great place! Fun fact: La Bamba has always been a favourite of mine. I have fond memories of my Dad playing it on guitar and singing along as a child. And a very funny home video documenting this, too. That’s one for the vault, though. 

And, for curiosity’s sake - here is the recording from Berlin (click though):

Lunch in Berlin by Silvia Maggi

Thanks so much for sharing, Silvia! It’s always a pleasure to hear your city recordings. 

Be sure to follow Silvia on Twitter @lananab1anca

So, tomorrow is SoundCloud Global Meetup Day! The theme is “the meaning of sound according to you”, and I’m really excited to attend the Meetup here in Berlin. Looking back on the Sounds of My City project, I think it has been a great outlet for me to explore and share what sound means to me & learn about what it means to some of you - to me, tuning into the sounds around me has allowed me to experience my acoustic environment & interact with my city in a really unique, and I think, more complete way. Sort of a short and vague answer, but it’s hard to communicate it succinctly - sound obviously means different things to everyone, but I think SoundCloud is a really great place for those of us who value & find beauty or interest in the sounds around them to capture, share and collaborate. Hence the Sounds of My City project! There we go, full circle & a bit of a rant… Anyways, I have a great Soundscape to share on the blog tomorrow, so I hope you’ll come back! 

Be sure to check out if there’s a SoundCloud Meetup in your city tomorrow! 

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A violinist in Milan - Submitted by Silvia Maggi

Hi guys! I hope you’re all doing well and had a great weekend/Monday. I thought I’d make one more little post before I depart tomorrow for Berlin, so I’ve chosen this lovely recording from Silvia Maggi (who’s soundwalk in Milan was featured last week). 

This short clip features a great violinist busking in Milan. As Silvia puts it, “After lunch on a fine sunny day: this music perfectly fits.”

I agree! Such a pleasant sound to come across, and from a North American perspective, the fact that you’re in Milan when you captured this makes it a lot more romantic to me. 

Thank you very much for sharing, Silvia! I hope to hear more of your great city sounds soon :)

Keep the submissions coming, folks! I’ll probably be taking a week or two to settle in Berlin, but I’ll definitely be keeping the blog going. And to my Toronto followers: I hope you continue to record and capture our great city! I’ll miss it a lot, so I’d love to receive some submissions from home while I’m away! 

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Walking in Milan - Submitted by Silvia Maggi

Hi all! I’ve been a bit M.I.A lately - moving and running errands all over the place. It’s been nuts. BUT! I’m back today with some great sounds from Milan, Italy! 

Submitted by Silvia Maggi, this lovely soundwalk around Milan’s city centre captures people chatting, and some music coming from the shops at Piazza San Babila. Silvia wrote a great little description to accompany it: 

“When I recorded this sound, I was walking around the center of the city while waiting for a couple of friends.  The atmosphere was relaxed: there were some tourists and people chatting after work. 

It’s the end of summer and for me it’s the end of a phase: I’ve lived eight years in Milan and now I’m about to relocate in London.

Maybe I’m already a tourist in my city.”

I love this! This description perfectly captures how I’ve felt in Toronto for the past few weeks. I would often just take walks and listen to the sounds around me and feel more and more like I was a visitor. Especially now when I go back, something’s different about it - I definitely feel like a bit of a tourist. Not necessarily a bad thing, though! 

Thank you so much for sharing your soundwalk with me, Silvia! I was very happy to listen to it. Good luck in your move to London!

You can follow Silvia on Twitter @lananab1anca

This active participation in your soundscape is exactly what I’m hoping this project has, and will inspire - getting out and listening to your environment, and then capturing sounds that you’re inspired to record, and sharing them with everyone. If you’re interested in learning more about the theoretical side of soundwalks and soundscapes, click the link to see some information. 

I hope to see more submissions from you guys soon. Keep ‘em coming! Especially now with a new season in the air - what does fall sound like in your city? Got any crunchy leaves falling? Frosh week at your local universities, maybe? Kids waiting for the bus? Keep your recorders handy, I’d love to hear from you!

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Tickets Cheap at Massey Hall - Submitted by Mr. Tunes

Hello all! I hope you’re having a great week so far. Yesterday I moved out of my Toronto apartment back up north to Aurora (an interim stop on my upcoming journey to Berlin) - it was a busy busy day! 

Today we have a quick sound bite taken by Mr. Tunes (Elliott), who previously shared his sounds from Bathurst Station. This one was taken at Massey Hall back in February when the Wayne Shorter Quartet was playing. A familiar sound at any concert, this captures a scalper heckling the passers-by. As Elliott says, “that guys is relentless!”

He totally is. Can’t stop won’t stop selling tickets cheap! Oh man! This totally reminds me of the time in first year university (so, basically almost exactly 6 years to the day…holy crap) and I went down to Massey Hall to try and scalp Sigur Ros tickets. It was a successful mission, and the guy sold it to us at face value! What a great concert. 

Thanks for sharing, Elliott! I hope to hear more of your sounds soon!!!

Have a great Wednesday everyone! Remember to keep your recorders handy and send any fun captures my way! Submit HERE or HERE! 

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Chilean students march on a rainy day - Submitted by Panzedrako

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I’m really excited to share today’s sounds and announce the final giveaway winner!

Panzerdrako submitted a recording from Santiago, Chile of the student protests that are going on there which he captured on his old Sony Walkman. If you haven’t been reading about the marches/protests in Chile, what’s basically going on are a series of student-led protests which began in June, with the end goal of these being education reform. According to Wikipedia, the Confederation of Chilean Student Federations (CONFECH) are demanding,

  • Increased state support for public universities, which currently finance their activities mostly through tuition
  • More equitable admissions process to prestigious universities, with less emphasis on standardized testing
  • New system of scholarships to provide free education (not loans) to poor and working-class students; reduction of interest rates from their current 5.8%
  • Creation of a government agency to apply the law against profit in higher education and prosecute those universities that are allegedly using loopholes to profit. The students oppose direct (fellowship and voucher) and indirect government aid (government-backed loans) to for-profit schools.
  • A more serious accreditation process to improve quality and end indirect state support for poor quality institutions
  • Creation of an “intercultural university” that meets the unique demands of Mapuche students
  • Repeal of laws forbidding student participation in university governance

Right on! I think it’s really inspiring what these students are doing and I hope they attain the reforms they are looking for. The front of the University of Chile, which is occupied by the students, reads “The fight is for the whole society. Everybody for free education”.

Check out the Wikipedia article HERE, and a great article  via the BBC HERE

Thanks so much for sharing your sounds with me Panzer! And congrats on your prize - I’ll have it in the mail in the next couple of days! I hope to hear more of your sounds soon :)

You can find our winner on Twitter @panzerdrako, and on Tumblr HERE

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Thunderstorm on Strathcona Ave, 1984 - Submitted by Colman Jones

Happy Friday, all! I hope you’ve had a great week, and are all ready for the weekend. Kind of sad that it’s the last summer weekend :(

Today’s sounds come from Colman Jones, who I featured last week, back with more vintage Toronto audio! Lucky for Colman, he has also won one of my follower appreciation swag-bags! Congrats!!! Check your SoundCloud inbox for more info, Colman :)

So, along the same vein as yesterday’s storm sounds, today we’ll listen to a great quality, 11 minute recording of a thunderstorm taken on Strathcona Ave (just off the Danforth in the east end) in 1984.

Colman says, “Wednesday night’s storm in Toronto was unbelievable, and brought to mind another storm decades ago, recorded from the front porch of a house on Strathcona Avenue, in full stereo!”

So wicked! These vintage recordings are the coolest thing! I love listening to storms. Let’s consider this one today’s Moment of Zen, shall we?

Fun fact: This audio was used in one of Colman’s compositions called In the Rain. Listen to it here (click through this post to stream the audio):

In the Rain by Colman Jones

Thanks again for sharing, Colman! And congrats on your win! Expect your swag-bag in the mail very soon :)

I hope you all have a great weekend! I am having a huge birthday party tonight (at Swiss Chalet woop woop!) and then a nice weekend of packing up my apartment and trying to get out as much as I can. There are a lot of great events happening this weekend like BuskerFest, FanExpo and the CNE! Click here for a listing!

I have one more swag-bag left! I hope to hear some submissions this weekend so I can give it away on Monday! So keep your recorders handy, people! Submit your sounds HERE or HERE to win!

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Fun Buskers on Bloor St - Submitted by lumbercath

Happy Tuesday, people! Today’s sounds come from my girl Catherine (responsible for the beautiful layout of the blog). We went for sushi the other night and these awesome buskers were playing on Bloor St. in the Annex. It was a lovely accompaniment to our dinner, but unfortunately they finished before I was able to get out and record them. Catherine, however, had been there early and was able to capture the end of one song!

She says, “While waiting for my friends to join me for sushi, I came across these awesome buskers (who we’ve seen before at Ward’s Island). I only caught the tail end of this song, but it’s definitely a different sound than usual”

There was a clarinet, a sousaphone and an accordion! Earlier this summer when we went to Ward’s Island (I shared some beach sounds from that trip with you guys), these buskers were playing at the most beautiful wedding reception! I’m glad we got to hear them again!

Thanks so much for sharing, Catherine! You’re the best.

You can find Catherine on Tumblr here, and on Twitter @lumbercath.

And remember! I have 3 more swag-bags to give away! Submit your city sounds (HERE on the blog or HERE in the SoundCloud group) for a chance to win some awesome SoundCloud swag! August 28th is the deadline!!! Hope to hear from you guys soon :)

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Sounds from Tournai, Belgium - Submitted by wildtek

And we have a winner! I’m happy to announce that SoundCloud user wildtek has won the first of 4 SoundCloud swag bags from my follower appreciation giveaway/submission/contest thing! Woo-hoo!

All the way from Tournai, Belgium, comes this lovely capture from outside the music conservatory. Our winner explains, “I was sitting there waiting for someone to arrive and some music students were playing instruments in different rooms with open windows. The melting pot of piano and saxophone was quite interesting so I took my iPod and started recording” (This was recorded with iPod Touch 4 & Audiofile Engineering Fire 2.0.1)

I totally love this! This sound reminds me so much of Philosopher’s Walk near the University of Toronto - you can hear people practicing, practicing, practicing at both the Faculty of Music (my alma mater) and the Royal Conservatory of Music and it can be quite lovely! I’ve always had a soft spot for the sound of musicians practicing.

Big congrats to our first winner! And thank you SO much for sharing these sounds with me and participating in my little giveaway! Check your SoundCloud inbox :)

You can find our winner on the internet over on SoundCloud here, on Twitter @wildtek, and on Tumblr here.

I have 3 more swag bags to give away, so click here for more info about how to win your very own (submit your sounds to the blog or Sounds of My City group, tag them #SoMCsubmission, add a description - easy)! Deadline to enter is August 28th! Hope to hear from you soon!

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Talking to Himself at Eglinton Station, 1980s - Submitted by Colman Jones
(Warning, there’s some harsh words…)

I’m really really excited about today’s sounds, people. We’re breaking new ground here - vintage Toronto! This amazing 7 minute recording of a Globe & Mail newspaper vendor was captured by Colman Jones, an accomplished writer, radio broadcaster, producer (for the CBC!), journalist, musician and composer. Needless to say, I’m totally thrilled he decided to share these sounds (and a few more I’ll share in the coming weeks!) with me.

According to Colman, the story goes like this:

“This recording was made back in the 1980s by myself and Janet Wilson, after we noticed a rather odd newspaper salesperson in Toronto’s Eglinton subway station loudly talking to himself in between selling papers.

Wanting to capture the spontaneous nature of his rantings, we set down a JVC stereo cassette boombox we happened to have with us down on the floor nearby, and discreetly pressed the record button. What you hear is the result. Lots of good stereo ambiance of the subway station, with the sound of people walking by from right to left. It’s best listened to on headphones.

There is no further information, however, on all the movies this vendor says he made… no one has ever been able to track him down since.”

Incredible! Such great quality for a tape recording, too. This is a really cool look (well, listen) back to what was probably a familiar sight and sound back in the day. Just sellin’ papers, chatting with himself, smoking on the subway. “Paper, paper!”  I wonder what happened to this guy… Such a cool recording!

Thank you SO much for sharing this, Colman! I’m really looking forward to posting more of your sounds (they are really cool, people! Stay tuned) over the next couple weeks.

To listen to more sounds from Colman on SoundCloud, click here (for his great music) and here (for more of his vintage Toronto recordings and other soundscapes). You can also find his music on CBC Radio 3, follow him on Tumblr, on Twitter @colmanjones, and on his personal website.

Oh yay, wasn’t that fun?! I hope you enjoy today’s foray into the past, stay tuned for more, and check in with me tomorrow when I announce a little giveaway contest/submission/sound scavenger hunt where you can win free swag! Woo hoo!

Happy Thursday, all!

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