|Borderline||Borderline is a research-creation project that investigates how personal interactions with urban sound affect our sense of place. The project will combine archival research and critical mapmaking to create a mobile sonic artwork that generates personal, ‘playable’ drawings in public space by ‘listening’ to everyday experience.||Drawing from publicly available archives and open source inventories of urban sounds, the project will follow a research methodology that uses critical mapmaking to examine the relationship between urban sound and spatial, social, and economic divisions within cities.||
This sample map illustrates the spatial relationships between the locations of Airbnb rentals and ‘Redline districts’ from a redrawn 1939 “Residential Security Map” of Chicago. Data collection of Airbnb locations courtesy of Tom Slee (view Github repository)
|The listening device generates online drawings that annotate everyday sonic experience by leaving a trail of ‘sonic breadcrumbs’ wherever users go. The device will be designed around four core functionalities: to listen and generate sound tags in real time, to draw a line marking the path of the user whenever the device is listening, to match the sound tags to a database of recordings and to play the sounds when they are encountered again.
||The device will integrate sound classification algorithms developed through a Waterloo/SSHRC Seed Grant. These algorithms are based on the Urban Sound Dataset (Salamon, Jacoby and Bello, 2014) an open source dataset and taxonomy for urban sound.||
Spectrogram of sirens with linear pitch shift, by Jeremy Pinto, Systems Engineering, University of Waterloo.