You Are Listening To The Sounds of a…. City of your Choosing

Posted: April 2, 2011 in Weird and Wonderful

This is quite an ingenious website/web-gadget, which I found via a user on the ATPR forum.  The basic premise of  ‘You Are Listening To..’ takes seemingly random ambient/drone tracks via soundcloud and marries them with the broadcasts from police scanners of some of the major cities in North America including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Montreal.    While this concept might seem a bit arbitrary, it works remarkably well, the actual music flows brilliantly in tandem with the irregular live police activity.  The Montreal station is my favourite, with the broadcasts being in French it adds an otherworldly quality to the music.  At times, especially on the Los Angeles channel, the music and unobtrusive chatter reminds heavily of Vangelis’ Bladerunner soundtrack and I would imagine this would be great for falling a sleep to, or perhaps for studying or reading..

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