Sounds of the City is an interactive aural placemaking experiment. "Place" is usually meant in a physical context, but it engages other senses too. Sounds can be just as much a part of place as any structure, street or plaza.
What does DC sound like now? Funk Parade published an open call for sounds that made people think of DC. The public submitted dozens of sounds -- house construction, their motorcycle, sounds of nature in DC parks, bands practicing.
DC's Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Kokayi sampled and remixed the sounds into a four-song cycle he titled "Hecho en DC." You can here it below.
Media coverage of Sounds of the City:
"What Does DC Sound Like? Listen to Kokayi's Soundscape," Ally Schweitzer, WAMU's Bandwidth, 4/20/16
"'The Soundscape is Changing': D.C. Funk Parade Anthem Looking for Sounds," Rachel Kurzius, DCist, 3/28/16.
"Funk Parade: 'Send Us Your Sounds of the City,'" Prince of Petworth, 3/22/16
"D.C. Artist Kokayi Needs Your Help With the City's New Anthem," Brown Sugar Blog, 3/28/16
"Help Create D.C.'s Anthem for the Funk Parade," Rachel Kurzius, DCist, 3/22/16.
This project was made possible by support from the DC Office of Planning.