Migration Sounds: A Unique Global Project

Published 12 September 2023 / By COMPAS Communications, Delphine Boagey, Rob McNeil

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COMPAS has partnered with Cities and Memory to facilitate a unique global project to discover, explore and reimagine the sounds of human migration and settlement. In the first phase of this sonic exploration, which runs until the end of 2023, we’re looking for recordings of the sounds of migration and settlement worldwide.

Artists will then reimagine and recompose these sounds to develop a rich suite of compositions reflecting on their experiences of listening to these sounds and their own perspectives, emotions and memories. Migration Sounds will be the first public large-scale exploration of the sounds of migration.

Take a look at the Cities and Memory webpage for full information.

The project is designed in two phases. We are currently in Phase 1 and are looking for recordings representing the experiences of people on the move, migrating and settling. You can submit a recording from anywhere in the world until 31 December 2023. Submit your recordings here.

Need guidance with how to record? A starter guide to field recordings is available here.


Cities and Memory is one of the world’s largest sound projects, with more than 1,000 artists contributing to our goal of remixing the world, one sound at a time. Encompassing field recording, sound art and sound mapping, every location on the Cities and Memory sound map features two sounds: the original field recording of that place and a reimagined sound that presents that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere new. The listener can explore places through their actual sounds, to explore reimagined versions of what those places could be – or to flip between the two different sound worlds at leisure.