Sounds of the City


Every day we hear sounds designed to give us information. From helping us get up in the morning to crossing the road or paying for some shopping, all these experiences are enhanced by designed sounds.

We have gathered designed sounds from across six UNESCO Cities of Design; pedestrian crossings to emergency vehicles; public transport to shops. Although they may be giving the same information the sounds can be very different. Have a listen and see if you can spot the differences from around the world.

  • Train Announcement

    Geelong

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  • Train Departing

    Geelong

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  • Train Announcement

    Geelong

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  • Food Court

    Geelong

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  • Shop Interaction

    Geelong

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  • Pedestrian Crossing

    Geelong

    Play
  • Ambulance Siren

    Geelong

    Play
  • Pier Ambience

    Geelong

    Play
  • Cash Machine

    Geelong

    Play
  • Street Ambience

    Geelong

    Play
  • Bus Departing

    Geelong

    Play
  • Beach Surf

    Geelong

    Play
  • Torille

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Cathedral Interior

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Train Announcements

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Train Station Announcement

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Shop Interaction

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Shop Interaction

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Bus Announcement and Bell

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Train Announcement

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Pedestrian Crossing

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Green Space in the Morning

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Cash Machine

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Café Ambience

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Café Ambience with Background Music

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Street Ambience

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Street Ambience

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Street Ambience

    Helsinki

    Play
  • Train Station Waiting Room

    Kolding

    Play
  • Train Station Waiting Room

    Kolding

    Play
  • Train Journey

    Kolding

    Play
  • Late Evening Street Ambience

    Kolding

    Play
  • Shopping Centre Car Park

    Kolding

    Play
  • Shopping Centre Ambience

    Kolding

    Play
  • Shopping Centre Announcement

    Kolding

    Play
  • Shop Announcement

    Kolding

    Play
  • Garden Ambience

    Kolding

    Play
  • Train Station

    Kolding

    Play
  • Train Station

    Kolding

    Play
  • Street Ambience

    Kolding

    Play
  • Street Ambience

    Kolding

    Play
  • Shop Interaction

    Kolding

    Play
  • Shop Interaction

    Kolding

    Play
  • Café Ambience

    Kolding

    Play
  • Bus Journey

    Kolding

    Play
  • Business District Ambience

    Montreal

    Play
  • Flag Poles in Wind

    Montreal

    Play
  • Park with Waterfalls

    Montreal

    Play
  • Train Journey

    Montreal

    Play
  • Train Station Announcement

    Montreal

    Play
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    Montreal

    Play
  • Street Ambience and Pedestrian Crossing

    Montreal

    Play
  • Shop Interaction

    Montreal

    Play
  • Pedestrian Crossing

    Montreal

    Play
  • Metro Station

    Montreal

    Play
  • Metro Station Announcement

    Montreal

    Play
  • Park Ambience

    Montreal

    Play
  • Emergency Vehicle Siren

    Montreal

    Play
  • Café Ambience

    Montreal

    Play
  • Bus Journey

    Montreal

    Play
  • Cash Machine Transaction

    Montreal

    Play
  • Currywurst Stand

    Berlin

    Play
  • Train Station Announcement

    Berlin

    Play
  • Shop Interaction

    Berlin

    Play
  • Pedestrian Crossing

    Berlin

    Play
  • U-Bahn Journey

    Berlin

    Play
  • Tram Journey

    Berlin

    Play
  • S-Bahn Journey

    Berlin

    Play
  • Ferry Journey

    Berlin

    Play
  • Bus Journey

    Berlin

    Play
  • Public Transport Ticket Machine

    Berlin

    Play
  • Police Car Sirens

    Berlin

    Play
  • Fire Engine Sirens

    Berlin

    Play
  • Ambulance Siren

    Berlin

    Play
  • Cash Machine Transaction

    Berlin

    Play
  • Cash Machine Transaction

    Berlin

    Play
  • Café Ambience

    Berlin

    Play
  • Tempelhofer Feld (Former airport turned public park)

    Berlin

    Play
  • Hasenheide Park

    Berlin

    Play
  • Street Ambience

    Berlin

    Play
  • Street Ambience

    Berlin

    Play
  • Street Ambience

    Berlin

    Play
  • Checkpoint Charlie

    Berlin

    Play
  • Ticket Barrier Operation

    Dundee

    Play
  • Train Leaving Platform

    Dundee

    Play
  • Train Approaching Platform

    Dundee

    Play
  • Busy Restaurant

    Dundee

    Play
  • Balgay Park

    Dundee

    Play
  • Fire Engine Siren

    Dundee

    Play
  • Dundee bus journey

    Dundee

    Play
  • Cobbled Street Ambience

    Dundee

    Play
  • Street Ambience with Bagpipes

    Dundee

    Play
  • Pedestrian Crossing

    Dundee

    Play
  • The Howff Cemetery

    Dundee

    Play
  • Cash Machine Transaction

    Dundee

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