Listening to Cambridge - Part 1: North Cambridge

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First in a series of soundwalks in different neighborhoods in our fair city

  • bike path
  • street
  • convent
  • All welcome and American flag
  • Mailbox and traffic
North Cambridge Corner Map

I've enjoyed creating soundscapes around Cambridge for several years, including Cambridge Heals Together and Cambridge Riverfest Soundscape..Attending a fascinating conference at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) entitied "Listening to the City: Engagement, Exploration + Intervention through Sound" in May reconnected me with my love of sound as a way to understand and share about the world around us.

I started in my neighborhood of North Cambridge, the far corner next to the Somerville and Arlington line. There is less foot traffic in this part of Cambridge than in many other neighborhoods, especially when school is not in session, so most of the sounds you will hear are machine-made, with the exception of an underlying nature sound woven through the background.

Take a listen and see how many sounds you can identify.