Sound Around You – participatory audio project from University of Salford, UK

The University of Salford is building a sound map of the UK as part of a new study into how sounds in our everyday environment make us feel.

They are asking people across the UK to use their mobile phones (or another audio recording device if their phone is not compatible) to record 10-15 second clips from different sound environments, or ‘soundscapes’ from a family car journey to a busy shopping centre, and to upload them to our virtual map, along with their opinions of them and why they chose to record it.

Recordings and responses will be analysed by acoustic scientists and significant findings will be reported on this website.

Sound Around You aims to raise awareness of how our soundscape influences us and could have far reaching implications for professions and social groups ranging from urban planners to house buyers.