The Urbanist

Music and the city

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5 November 2015

Episode 212

26 minutes

Acoustics and music can help shape the way people interact with their cities. But how aware are we of the sounds that surround us and are there places that are more musical than others? We discover how the music industry and city planning can be brought together and explore acoustic ecology and making music with the sounds of the city. Plus we bring you the first part of our series on the battle for public space in New York.

5 November 2015

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Chapter 1

7 minutes


Photo: Ron Cogswell

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Chapter 1

The Music Cities Convention

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The Music Cities Convention is the world’s first conference focusing on the relationship between city planning and the music industry.

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Chapter 2

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Soundscapes and acoustic ecology

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What do you hear when you travel around a city? Traffic in the streets, chatter in cafés, a bustling souk with hawkers selling their wares or ear-shattering construction works overhead? Many despise these sounds while others crave them. We find out the beauty when we listen to the city.

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Chapter 3

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Photo: Nicolas Vollmer

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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

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Founded eight years ago by two clubbers – Jen Lyon and Katie Longmyer – who wanted to bring the music they loved to Brooklyn. The idea isn’t all about commercial success but rather the chance to foster a local dance-music scene by nurturing home-grown talent and bringing in artists from further afield.

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Chapter 4

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Photo: Mark Hogan

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Chapter 4

New York series: Community gardens

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It’s not just pedestrian plazas that are threatened in New York: community gardens are also another target and may soon disappear to make way for more affordable housing. We discover the value of urban gardening and venture north to the Bronx to visit one of the city’s vital community gardens.

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