Sant Andreu Sound Map

Promoted by Districte de Sant Andreu (Barcelona City Council)

Role and tasks at Bitlab


The sound map of the district of Sant Andreu was the central activity of Kaleidoscope 2019, a festival dedicated to citizen science. The project involved the different facilities of the seven neighborhoods of the district and responded to the will of its neighbors to know what their sound identity was.

The Sound Map project raises the idea that through the development of a series of participatory processes – which we will define below – we can jointly characterize the sound identity of the spaces that surround us.

The result is a digital cartographic map, accessible through a website created from a series of participatory workshops of sound, cultural and artistic experimentation. The sound map will be created using digital cartographic tools that will allow us to navigate and access the sounds of spaces in an interactive way and through a web portal.

The facilities of the district of Sant Andreu decided that they wanted to know what the streets, squares and parks of the seven districts that make up the streets sound. And from Kaleidoscope we put the needle to draw a sound map of the district through a series of interventions, all developed with the participation of the citizens, to record, document and record the sounds that surround us, characterizing the The sound identity of the neighborhoods and analytically deciphering how they are perceived from a scientific point of view.

These sessions of recording and documentation of the sounds of the district have been baptized as trap and we will follow a protocol established by the Group of Musical Technologies (MTG) of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and the Phonos Foundation, in collaboration with BitLab. We will celebrate catapulting sessions both in the streets, parks and squares of the district and in the interior of the equipment in order to also draw the sound identity of each of them.

The Sound Map research-action process has been characterized by experiencing the sound identity of the districts of the District of Sant Andreu, by exploring how to respond to citizen questions through scientific processes.

The question has been raised by the cultural facilities of proximity that make up the District of Sant Andreu, where they will develop a series of interventions with citizen participation to record, document and record the sounds that surround us to model analytically as we perceive them since a scientific point of view

Next, we explain the different phases of the scientific process and sound experimentation:

A) Sonorous identity

Focused sessions to experiment by applying methods and techniques of sound design for images, to work on the sound identity of the districts and the facilities of the District. In these workshops, we will learn to design the sound identity of a space using digital tools to create geolocated soundscapes in neighborhoods and facilities.

B) Music in the neighborhoods

In collaboration with Sara Fontán and Aalbers, resident artists of the Fabra i Coats, we have played emblematic spaces in the 7 districts of the District of Sant Andreu to accompany field recordings that contextualize the neighborhoods and their emblematic locations and more representative.

C) Catch them

The Atrapsons workshops have been sound experimentation sessions to record, characterize and understand the sounds that surround us and configure the sound reality of the neighborhoods. These workshops are based on field recordings, using professional sound recorders, trying to capture those most representative sounds to contextualise the neighborhood sounds.

Through the following link, you can access the cartographic narrative that collects the entire process developed in the framework of Cultural Kaleidoscope 2019.


StoryMaps Calidoscopi Cultural 2019.

Access to the sound map of the Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia (ICGC).