Soundscape

Alleys of Gamla Stan

Reflection and resonance in narrow alleys reinforces local sounds, while, for example, surrounding traffic is excluded. The alleys also sound different depending on the shape.

Playground, Kungsgatan, Malmö

Documentation of a playground – a sonotop.

A wide green boardwalk dominates the wide space that Kungsgatan in Malmö constitutes. Kungsgatan is an example of how broader transit routes might look if you choose to prioritize traffic in future cities. A greener city provides many benefits – also acoustically, because the local and relevant sounds come out better.

Traffic noise at Slussen

Traffic noise near Slussen, Stockholm.
In addition to a high decibel level, there is also a somewhat dissonant tone characteristic, which is one of the physical characteristics that characterize traffic noise from cars at higher speeds, compared with naturally occurring noise as prawny leaves and many water sounds. Another feature is the lack of harmonious rhythm and variation.

Iron ore mine in Kirunavaara

How does the iron ore mine sound in Kirunavaara?
Underneath the mountain in Kiruna a whole city is hidden. There are 40 miles of road, paths, museums, restaurants, cinemas and a cafe.
The sound recording is from about 500 meters below the top level.

Iron ore Train slowdown in Narvik

Up to 68 wagons loaded with iron ore are to be braked downhill. Each wagon is equipped with a brake mechanism and the heavy sparkling noise can be heard over large parts of the city, in some places dominant and on others as an atmospheric spice. The sound is a powerful story about trains, iron, industry, and the heart of the region. The target for the train is Narvik’s major port facility from which the ore is to be shipped.