We wanted to share an amazing project by our friends over at Cities and Memory.
Background and context
Whether it’s people standing on either side of Donald Trump in the USA, Brexit in the UK, Marine Le Pen in France or any of thousands of local and national protests around the world, people are increasingly finding their voice and expressing themselves through sound.
These sounds, more than any other, are coming to define the age in which we’re living, and are uniting people, communities and entire countries around the world.
Protest and Politics is the first global mapping of the sounds of protest, demonstration and political activism.
Sourcing field recordings from our own archive as well as from dozens of field recordists around the world, we assembled a database of protest sounds over summer 2017, and opened this up to artists and musicians to recompose and reimagine, bringing to bear their own experiences and memories onto these sounds.
You can explore the documentary field recordings of protests, spend time in the alternative sound world created by their reimagined counterparts, or flip freely between the two as you choose.
Mixes from the Field co-founder Michael McDermott has a sound collage in this project from a 2015 Black Lives Matter protest in Philadelphia.