Istanbul soundwalks


On a recent visit to Istanbul I recorded several ‘soundwalks’ through the cityscape. The recordings were made with a discreet pair of self-made binaural mics (Panasonic wm-61a capsules) on a Sony PCM-D50. What becomes clear is that moving through space (as opposed to a stationary recording position) reveals just how diverse the spaces are in Istanbul). These walks were done as a casual pace, occasionally pausing to highlight particular sounds.


Galata Bridge and market tunnel


Spice Bazaar


Santral Istanbul, former power station ambience


Sounds of the Istanbul Biennial


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  • Schuler

    The Museum of Modern Art wasn’t so noisy (or busy) when I was there – glad to hear that the Biennale was well-attended. One sound that I found particularly interesting on my recent visit was duelling muezzin: we were at dinner one night at a place equidistant between three mosques and the call to prayer was comparable to a free-jazz barbershop quartet.

    Hope you had a good time!