Sounds of My City: The Stories, Music and Sounds of the People of New York

Sounds of My City: The Stories, Music and Sounds of the People of New York

Tony Schwartz FW07341 / FC 7341

Over the course of nine years, Tony Schwartz collected the sounds of New York, seeking to record "the audible expression of life." Originally produced as a radio program for WNYC, the finished product is a lucid representation of the city, capturing street sounds, immigrant voices, lively music, raindrops, bird songs, and even the pragmatic advice of the city’s cabbies.

Part anthropological study, part hometown travelogue, the recordings contextualize the city's shifting rhythms and urban folklore as a meaningful collection of sounds, each one with a specific purpose and significance to the eight million inhabitants (plus an unknown number of cats and dogs). Schwartz's New York is not just an imposing mystical metropolis, but a palpable place where people of all ages live their lives.

Year Released 1956
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1956 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Children's; Documentary
Country(s) United States
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Music--Juvenile; Sound effects; Spoken word

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101 Introduction/City Street Sounds/People Sing, Dance and Pray Tony Schwartz 15:42
201 People Sing/Children Play and Sing/People Talk/Sounds Outside My House Tony Schwartz 16:27
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