City Symphonies

Can the city become a symphony? Electric cars are increasingly using synthesised sounds in order to mimic the recognisable noise of the internal combustion engine. I explore an alternative in which the sound that the cars generate changes according to its relationship to other road users and the environment.

A traffic simulation is used to power the movement of vehicles through different sections of road networks in London. From a street level perspective the motions of traffic combine the sounds to create soundscapes that are unique to the place and time. The roadside becomes a new context for sound – the city is the score.

Featured in: Creative Applications, FastCoDesign, The Atlantic Cities, Wired UK, Processing.org, The Takeaway (Radio)

City Symphonies
City Symphonies
City Symphonies