Reinterpreting a boat trip

This week saw Cities and Memory launching its Hamburg Sounds Project, the release of a collection of field recordings and remixes at an impressive rate of one per hour, to reflect a day in the life of the city.

Stuart Fowkes, the creator of the projects, says: ‘The sounds loosely follow my own journey around the city, from my base in St. Pauli around the Reeperbahn, exploring the city over 24 hours. You’ll hear harbour sounds, street markets, church services, late-night parties, football matches and even follow a political protest and a major police operation across the city.

The artists involved hail from ten different countries around the world. We have local Hamburg residents, but we have people from as far afield as Cape Town and Los Angeles who have taken on their own slice of Hamburg’s sonic life and turned it into something of their own. Each of them was presented with a choice from around forty field recordings, and chose the sound (or sounds) that most inspired them to do something creative in response.’

I was delighted to be involved in this, all the more so because I have never been to Hamburg.  Here you can find out what I made of this experience, what sound source I picked and how I approached the remix task.

You can also explore the overall Hamburg Sounds map, where you will be able to hear remixes from the following contributors:

– Lee Barry – Chicago, USA
– Mike Bingham – Bristol, UK
– Blanca (AKA _blank) – Barcelona, Spain
– Alan Bleay – London, UK
– Nick Campbell (AKA Wages) – Los Angeles, UK
– Matt Chapman Jones (AKA After The Thought) – Oxford, UK
– Amber-Zoe Cheesman – Falmouth, UK
– Laurence Colbert – Oxford, UK
– Martin Dixon – London, UK
– Stuart Fowkes (AKA Cities and Memory) – Oxford, UK
– Emmanuel Galvan – Guadalajara, Mexico
– Christian Hagelskjaer – Aarhus, Denmark
– Martin Kristopher – Hamburg, Germany
– Peter Lloyd (AKA Kid Kin) – Oxford, UK
– La Cosa Preziosa – Dublin, Ireland
– Andy Lyon – Lincolnshire, UK
– Marco Maril (AKA Apenino) – Vigo, Spain
– Alessandro (AKA Mimetik) – Hamburg, Germany
– Leon Muraglia – Oslo, Norway
– Stanislav Nikolov – San Francisco, USA
– James Pamphlion – Abingdon, UK
– Matt Parker – Birmingham, UK
– Eric Powell – Montreal, Canada
– Random Order Collective – Germany/UK/USA
– Tristan (AKA Restive) – Cape Town, South Africa
– Aaron Rieger – Albuquerque, USA
– Lee Riley – Oxford, UK
– Dan Tapper – London, UK
– Mark Taylor – Birmingham, UK
– Colin Ventura – Southend, UK
– Jase Warner – London, UK
– Tim Waterfield (AKA Karhide) – Southampton, UK

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