mapping cities by their aural geographies

Saw this post on Chicago, “the most American of American cities” shared by Richard J. White, and found this paragraph particularly intriguing:

What does your city sound like?


Any film that shoots on location in Chicago includes a scene with the ubiquitous “L”, and the loud, screeching metal-on-metal sound directly above the heads of pedestrians is a common sound that can be heard virtually anywhere.


Thinking about particular sounds with which particular cities may be associated and thereby identified — an aural geography of the urban perhaps — and remembered this rather fun quiz posted on Guardian Cities earlier this year: can one use sound to identify a city?

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