Mapping New Orleans By Sound

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Open Sound New Orleans

Open Sound New Orleans invites New Orleanians to document their lives in sound. You can participate by recording, or making recording requests for, the important sounds and voices in your life and adding them to the "soundmap." Visit the Open Sound New Orleans site:

In four projects, independent producers are exploring new ways to blend public media with the digital space — part of an initiative that began with the Association of Independents in Radio. For more stories, check out our Maker's Quest page or visit the projects' home sites below:

You can identify New Orleans neighborhoods by their architecture, like the Greek Revival verandas along St. Charles Avenue, or by their smells, like the scent of beignets wafting out of Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter.

And the Crescent City also has plenty of sounds that you'd hear only along its streets.

Independent producers Jacob Brancasi and Heather Booth are mapping the city by sound for Open Sound New Orleans, an interactive audio project. Brancasi and Booth have asked New Orleanians to record what they hear in their neighborhoods, and then upload the audio to

The contributed recordings, called "soundmarks," are linked to a map of the city, so others can explore the sounds of people, music and everyday life found around New Orleans.

Weekend Edition will feature stories from Open Sound New Orleans throughout the summer.



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