Paris Soundwalks

“A soundwalk is any excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound around us no matter where we are.”   

                                                                                                                                Hildegard Westerkamp

 

Soundwalking is one of the techniques I use for capturing the sounds of Paris and particularly the sound tapestry of the city’s streets. It’s an immersive process that involves observing through active listening and it requires intense concentration. The aim of a soundwalk is to capture the mélange of sounds that create the atmosphere of a place as well as the individual sounds that might help to define it.

 

A soundwalk never provides a definitive sonic definition of a place, sounds are dynamic, they change in tune with the time of day or night and the seasons of the year, the actors are constantly changing and the rhythm of activity ebbs and flows. But soundwalks are important because they capture the sonic experience of a place at a specific moment and listened to carefully they enable us to experience not only the obvious sounds but the sounds that often pass by completely unnoticed.

         

 

A Soundwalk in rue Mouffetard:    

 

 

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A Soundwalk in rue des Rosiers:     

 

 

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A Soundwalk in the Hôtel Dieu, the oldest hospital in Paris:  

    

 

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A Soundwalk in rue Faubourg Saint-Denis: 

  

 

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A Soundwalk in Montmartre: 

 

 

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  A Soundwalk in the Musée Carnavalet:  

 

 

 

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