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About this collection

Sounds and noise are integral parts of any urban environment and affect our perception of cities, as much as our health and quality of life as urban residents. Sounds also constitute a significant aspect of cultural heritage, as each city has a distinctive soundscape based on its topography and history. Istanbul’s contemporary soundscape is shaped by soundmarks (sonic landmarks) such as the shrieking of seagulls, the call to prayer, the cries of street-vendors, and the tooting of ferries.

The Soundscape of Istanbul Collection includes both audio files and visual material related to that intangible culture heritage of the city which is primarily of a sonic character. This collection, which will continue to expand over the coming years, is the outcome of a research project and fieldwork sponsored by a Seed Research Grant from Koç University. The field recordings (and related visual materials) provide a representative sample of neighborhoods, from residential over historical to commercial, captured at various times of day/year in order to present temporal and seasonal changes as well.

 
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