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August 20, 2007

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Xeni Jardin just posted the oddest thing over at Boing Boing: ten minutes of ambient audio from La Antigua, Guatemala.

It’s very well-recorded, quite weird, and somewhat transporting (as I sit here listening, typing away on other things, in a San Francisco office basement).

Do these things exist en masse anywhere on the web? I know lots of people (well, you know: musicians, documentary filmmakers, etc.) record them. Seems like someone must have assembled an archive.

And, I am now officially in love with the idea of capturing stretches of ambient noise in cities that I visit — as a means to teleport back, on demand, any time in the future.

Posted August 20, 2007 at 11:26 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Gleeful Miscellany


Hey Robin,

There is similar stuff to this (but you have to hunt for it a bit) over at They have ambient recording from public spaces, trains, planes...

Posted by: kiki on August 20, 2007 at 12:10 PM

Quiet American is a good place to poke around. The one-minute vacations project seems to be hard to find on the site now, but may be interesting to you.

Quiet American used to run these great open-to-the-public sliding-scale-no-one-turned-away listening parties at a giant warehouse loft on Natoma, but sadly no more. I miss those bean bag chairs and cookies and chai and audio nerds :(.

I have some field recordings of cool near harmonic sounds made by BART and other things like that. Made with my non-Apple mp3 player that has a built in microphone...

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