The site is structured in four central pages that synthesize the assembly of the sound collection within four thematic axes: (1) Language; (2) Memory; (3) Music; and (4) Daily Life. Through these four pages, the user can enter the twelve individual worlds of our students. In the Twelve Memories, the urban spaces chosen by the students within the four districts of Lisbon are occupied by the sound imagery of distant territories, in a sound interweaving between the here and there. In the Twelve Daily Lives, the sound of leisure spaces, gestures, and active sounds in space produced by the students is shown, always accompanied by the favourite music on their headphones.
The soundscape on this page is all built on the intersection of voices, speeches, and conversations in each of the ten languages of the participants. We listen to language as an environmental sound, rather than an instrument of communication, and we also discover the sounds of the environment reproduced through speech.
The soundscape on this page is based on the overlapping of sounds that refer to the memory of distant but not forgotten territories: the Vietnamese trông drum, the school bell in Bangladesh, the sound of the Himalayas monal in Nepal, the pepper grinding machine in Nigeria or the Dakar car rapide in Senegal, among others.
The soundscape of the daily life of each of the twelve students is coloured by the headphones in their ears and by the music that goes with them on their daily activities and on their itineraries around the city. We might listen to the crossings of music that speaks of specific localities and global transversalities.
The soundscape on this page is built on the overlapping of urban sounds from Alfama, Graça, Mouraria, and Arroios. The city contains different scales and layers of sound information, together with the movement transitions, actions and the daily activities of our own students
Kriti remembers the sound of the river and the donkeys transporting goods on the mountains of Nepal; the sound of the national bird of her country, the monal of the Himalayas; the cheerful sound of the Nepali madal and the streets of her city, Nawalparasi, full of rickshaws. Kriti presents us two squares in Mouraria in Lisbon: Largo dos Trigueiros and Largo da Achada.
Ashish remembers the school bell in Nepal, the local buses, and the pheasant kalij. Ashish introduces us to the Cerca da Graça Garden, in Graça.
Zhihao tells us about the typical musical sound of Chinese pipa, and adds the sound of the guzheng. He also remembers the noise of the electric scooters and cargo tricycles still circulating around his native city. He doesn’t forget the sound of the red-crowned crane present in China. Zhihao introduces us to the Graça Garden, in Graça.
Suraj remembers the sound of the punjabi dhol, from India that is played in festivities; the rickshaws that run through his native city and the little Punjab crested lark. Suraj presents us the Largo do Martim Moniz, in Mouraria, where he spends much of his free time.
Fokrul remembers the bell of the old train stations in Bangladesh; the musical instrument ektara and the bird golden oriole that is seen in his native country. Fokrul presents us the Graça Convent, in Graça.
Huy remembers the sound of drum trông from Vietnam. He also remembers the sound of the cicada at the public parks, or the noise of the motorcycles in the streets of his native city, Hanoi. He remembers the sound of the chim sáo bird, typical of his country. Huy introduces us to Benformoso street, in Mouraria.
Denise remembers the sound of the harp, and other musical instruments, like the nai and the cobza, from Romania; the sounds of the Bucharest trams or the green cyocanitoare, also from Romania. Denise introduces us to Largo da Severa, in Mouraria.
Lamarana remembers the sound of the turaco, in Guinea Conakry; the sounds of the musical instruments gongoma and balafon, and the amount of moto-taxis that can be heard in Conacry city. Lamarana introduces us to São Cristóvão Church, in Mouraria.
Emmanuel remembers the peppergrinding machine that is used in every house in his native country; the transport on the tuk-tuk called keke maruwa; the sound of the talking gan gan drum and the smiling dove present in many parts of Africa. Emmanuel presents us the Jardim de Botto Machado, in Graça.
Malick remembers the sound of the car rapids in his city of Dakar, the Senegalese parrot, and the musical instrument kora, played in Senegal. Malick introduces us to Alameda’s public space in the limit with Arroios, which he knows very well.
Michele remembers the sound of ice cream vendors in the Philippines, the sound of bandurria, the jeep-tricycle used for public transportation in her city and the majestic eagle of the Philippines. Michele introduces us to Largo do Intendente, in Arroios, near where she lives.
Twelve Daily Activities
Through the music of Ed Sheeran and Aakhako Bato, Kriti walks to the Campo das Cebolas, in the limit with Alfama, where she likes to meet with friends to chat or play badminton. In her daily activities she likes to hear the sound the falling water on rainy days, or the sound of her climbing up and down the stairs in the city slopes. She lives, like her other colleagues, with the noise of construction and renovation sites in the historic centre. In her free time she likes to play the piano. Selected songs: Ed Sheeran, Happier and Aakhako Bato, B-8eight. * The piano music is from his colleague Sushil (Nepal)
Through the music of Kutumba and Nephathya, Ashish bring us to Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, where he always plays the football with his friends. There is a band, a tuk-tuk can be heard in the distance, the ducks move around the lake and Ashish does what he likes the best: jumping and running. In his spare time, Ashish also plays guitar and shares a song with us. Selected songs: Kutumba, Sannani and Nephathya, Taal Ko Pani.
Through the music of Lamsey and Ni Zhàn, Zhihao arrives at his friends’ house and knocks on their door. He greets them, walks through the living room where he greets the family and into the bedroom, where he spends all the afternoon playing video games with his friends. From time to time the sound of a distant ambulance is heard on the street. At the courtyard, a rooster sings to mark the passing of the hours. Selected songs: Lambsey, Planet and Ni Zhàn, Zhâng Jié.
Through the music of Kamal Khan and Marshmello & Anne-Marie, Suraj takes us by bike to Martim Moniz square to play with the fountains. With friends he laughs, he makes beat box and, sometimes, he speaks Creole. He likes to make music hitting tables and chairs in the square terraces. Selected songs: Kamal Khan, Jatinder Jeetu and Marshmello & Anne-Marie, Friends.
Through the music of Avicii and Exo, Tangilá takes us on a trip inside the Lisbon tram 28, which runs through Mouraria, Graça and Alfama. She likes to share her time with friends, laughing, whistling, making sounds with her mouth and singing. When she is bored, she knocks with her fingers on wood to make music. Songs chosen: Avicii, The Nights and Exo, Power.
Through the music of Priton Hasan, Fokrul takes us to the Miradouro da Graça, full of people in the café terraces. He likes to walk with friends, whistling and playing with them banging on the handrails. In his free time he plays ping-pong. Selected songs: Pritom Hasan, Jadukor.
Through the music of Min Min and Son Tung, Huy takes us to walk along Rua do Benformoso, where he likes to play football alone, while the porters transport products from the vans into the stores. When he is hungry he enters the dairy and, if he is bored, he plays with the glass bottles piled in the street. Selected songs: Min Min, Có in Cho and Son Tung, Chúng Ta Không Thuôc See Nhau.
Through the music of Ruby and Shift, Denise walks inside her home and relaxes on the couch, watching television. She likes to clap her hands and make sounds with her mouth. The alarm clock reminds her that is time to prepare and leave the house. Songs chosen: Ruby, Iti multumesc and Shift, Taci Inima.
Through the music of Halima Bah and Yasmine, Lamarana cooks for her friends waiting around a table. In the kitchen, many sounds overlap such as the sounds of the microwave, the fridge, plates, the mortar or accidentally dropping a glass bottle on the floor. Songs chosen: Halima Bah, Hibe Yendodira Saida and Yasmine, I can not.
Through the music of Davido and Drake, Emmanuel takes us to Botto Machado Garden, where he plays football with his friends. Tourists are always passing around, and it can be heard the distant sound of tuk-tuks going up the slope or pulling away a car. Malick likes to hit metal buckets and make music with them. Selected songs: Davido, Bo Bo and Drake, God’s Plan.
Through the music of Safary and Lara Fabian, Malick takes us to Alameda to play basketball with his friends. On the way he walks inside a pastry shop, he hears the noise of garbage trolleys and hits iron stalls and gates while passing by. Selected songs: Safary, Faut pas Forcer and Lara Fabian, Je t’Aime.
Through the music of BigBang and Moira dela Torre, Michele takes us to her favourite square, Intendente. There, she likes to read a book, listen to the sound of the spring water, or listen to the pigeons. A girl is playing with water and later she cries because she is wet. On the terrace, people drink and talk, meanwhile the time arrives to gather and arrange all the chairs inside. Selected songs: Bigbang, Bad Boy and Moira dela Torre, Malaya.