Cities are often famous for their visual architecture – just think of the Oxford skyline – but how do they sound? The Oxford Sound Album presents a selection of favourite Oxford city soundscapes chosen by a group of people who rely on sound for spatial information, work with or study music, or both. We hear the friendly, warm tones in Radcliffe Square; the narrow, echoing sounds in Holywell Street; the sounds of open space in University Parks; and the quiet and calm sound in the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, among many more. All soundscapes are recorded in full surround sound from the locations recommended by the person who chose them; these are introduced in a sound guide in their own words.
Producer: Dr Torø Graven
Funder: TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford
Audio recording and editing: Faculty of Music, University of Oxford and Oxford Digital Media
Proofreading of sound guide: Clea Desebrock and Charlotte Thompson-Grant
Voiceover artist: Vita Oldershaw
Ethics Approval Reference Number: R58049/RE001, R58049/RE002, and R58049/RE003