Sound Map of (my) Geneva

Link of the project: Carte Sonore de (mon) Genève

The Geneva Sound Map project is very much a sound map of my personal experience of living in Geneva, mainly during the summer period. It’s a map that I was building as I got to know Geneva, and many places that I recorded were places I went to for the first time. It is a subjective map –the sound experience of a city can vary considerably depending on each person, because each person listens to and lives the city in their own way– and it is incomplete –many others places could be added to the map, although the map will continue to grow as long as I live in Geneva–. However, I think that it is a project that can contribute to, through the recordings of different soundscapes, the listening of the city of Geneva, to perceiving it and to knowing it through its sounds and noises, through an attentive listening to its different places, and especially to its different people.

Why work with noises and sounds? Why talk about listening? Why record soundscapes? Why make a sound map?

Because sounds bring us memories and emotions, they help us to communicate, to locate ourselves in space, time and the context in which we are.

Because they help us to know the places where we are as well as other people.

Because our life is intimately linked to sounds; they are necessary heirin, although we are not always aware of it.

Because soundscapes are the result of biological, geographical, physical, social, cultural, economic, political, technological, population characteristics… The soundscape can be defined as the set of sounds and noises of a place which are produced (intentionally or not) through its physical and social characteristics.

Because attentive listening to our soundscape helps us to describe and interpret our context.

Because there are sounds; soundscapes that we can recognize, with which we can identify; the voices of our family and friends, diverse musics, the sounds of our houses, neighborhoods, schools, etc. There are many sounds which are part of our daily lives.

Because sounds change throughout the day, the week, the season, over the years, I consider it interesting to record them and archive them.

Because sounds can be the sign of the presence of other people.

Because thinking about sounds is to thinking about life.

Because listening is opening ourself to the world.

Because I hope to reflect, describe and think about our environment, our context, our people and ourselves, through listening and through the sounds that surround us.



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