FoundSounds is a unique new mobile app blurring the line between a social network and a collaborative art project. The premise is simple: if you find a sound you like, record it and share it with the world. Recordings are geotagged, and you can browse them by scrolling through a timeline or exploring a map. You can also construct sound collages that create intriguing sonic geographies. If enough sounds have been recorded in your area, consider taking a sound walk, which allows you to listen to recordings made near you. Walking past a concert venue would allow you to hear previous performances from that location, while passing by a new building would trigger the sounds of its construction. The vision of FoundSounds is to create a space where people can listen to sounds they might not normally hear.
The Nimbus is a sonic paintbox, featuring a collection of sound works by Chris Watson contained in an app for mobile devices. It allows you to travel within immersive sounds to impossible locations and inhabit natural environments which your physical presence would disrupt; detailed sound objects of stark beauty for personal listening. Alongside these portable experiences are a set of sound games; playful as well as sonically rich, that will take you on journeys that reorganise your everyday. The Nimbus allows you to hear natural environments as they are when we are not physically present with our smells, our noises and our narratives. Use it as a travelling companion, as you commute, work, shop or move through the grid of streets subdividing your world in arbitrarily geometric sections that have little to do with the geological and ecological reality underpinning our existence. It invites you to reframe your day-to-day activities within a strangely beautiful set of sound paintings by the world's foremost sound recordist.
<p>Dérive is a mobile application that aids a user in exploring their surroundings through the use of randomly drawn ‘task-cards’. These cards are refreshed every 3min creating a sense of urgency in the exploration for new objects, things, colours, people etc to follow, find, experience. Influenced by the Drift Deck created by the Near Future Laboratory in 2008, Dérive allows a user to install the application to their phone and take the ‘cards’ with them wherever they are.</p>