April - May, 2011
The Public Art Program and UrbanRemix, invites you to explore, share, and remix the sounds of Times Square throughout April and May. Urban Remix combines location-based cellphone technology, a database, and a web application to allow citizens to record and store media such as sound, images, and ultimately videos in their city and position them in a digital map.
We invite you capture and contribute sounds from Times Square using UrbanRemix's free mobile phone software for iPhone/iOS and Android devices. These sounds are tagged with geo-location, timestamp, and keywords and stored in our server’s database. Using our web-based software application, anyone anywhere can explore the contributed sounds, view them on a virtual map of Times Square, and mix and share their own soundscapes. At the conclusion of the project, UrbanRemix will perform a remix of the collected sounds in a public space in Times Square, and make the remix available for download and distribution. In addition, we will develop and support an online remix contest and ring-tone generator as alternative performance and distribution formats.
Who is Urban Remix?
UrbanRemix was conceived of and is directed by Jason Freeman, Michael Nitsche, and Carl Disalvo, who are professors at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Georgia. It is made possible by the invaluable work of numerous students and designers, and supported in part by the Music Technology program, the Digital Media program, and the GVU center at Georgia Tech.
UrbanRemix enables participants to explore, develop and express the acoustic identity of communities, based on sounds they discover, record and remix. Mobile and web-based software applications allow users to document the obvious, neglected, private or public, even secret sounds of the urban environment. The collected sounds, voices and noises provide original tracks for musical remixes that reflect the community in a novel form. Through the project, neighborhoods and other city spaces are reframed and experienced anew as unique soundscapes. To date, the UrbanRemix project has received commissions from the Atlanta Beltline Public Art Project and the City Centered festival, in San Francisco, California.