Urb: urban sound analysis and storage project, 

José Alberto Gomes and Diogo Tudela,

Proceedings SMC Sound and Music Computing Conference 2013

An eco-structuralism approach in soundscape (data) composition

José Alberto Gomes, Rui Penha and Álvaro Barbosa

Proceedings of the 9th Audio Mostly. 2014


Composing with soundscapes: an approach Based on raw data reinterpretation

José Alberto Gomes, Nuno Pinho, Gustavo Costa, Rui Dias, Filipe Lopes and Álvaro Barbosa

Proceedings of the 2th xcoax 2014


Promoting Awareness for the Acoustic Phenomenon: a Survey of Pedagogical Practices and Research Projects Developed at EA/CITAR

João Cordeiro, José Alberto Gomes and Miguel Gonçalves

Proceedings of Invisible Places, 2014


O fluxo de som da cidade do Porto inspira obras de arte

por Pedro Rios

Público newspaper. 27 Out 2013



everyday listening . 14 Marc 2014



This paper introduces Urb, a system for automated analysis and storing of an urban soundscape. Urb complements traditional sound maps, allowing the direct access of its features at any arbitrary moment since the system's boot, thus facilitating the study of the soundscape's evolution and the differences between specific timeframes, and facilitating artistic approaches to such data. In this paper, we will describe the creative and technical aspects considered during its early development, whilst addressing its three fundamental parts: the hardware and software for capturing and transmitting audio recordings, the software for analyzing the soundscape and the management of the database.

Keywords: Sound Scape, sound analysis, Networked Music, Timeline; Database.

In this paper we present the motivations, processes and results of two experimental music pieces. Two approaches as how the soundscape can catalyze direct inspiration and raw material to the creation of music. By describing the processes and results of public presentations, we identified approaches reinterpreting raw data in music composition. The first work is a 9 minute piece for tape, small orchestra and improvisation ensemble. The main purpose was to capture the soundscape identity around the concert hall and transform it in a music piece. The second work is a 6 minute piece for 4 channel (quadriphonic) tape. The purpose of this piece was to experiment a more purist approach to create music with the data information taken from a random soundscape of a random full day from an urban space also chosen randomly. Furthermore, some considerations are inferred about the artistic relevance of using this approach, raising questions about the musical outcomes vs. original sound sources.

URB is a research project designed to collect and store raw data from soundscapes analysis. This paper presents a study about composing music using URB based on the analysis of work developed by several sound artists, focusing on the evaluation of their creative process and musical outcome. By comparing the processes and statements of each composer, the authors identified diverse systematic approaches to reinterpreting raw data provided by URB, raising questions about the musical outcomes vs original sound sources. Furthermore, some considerations are inferred about the artistic relevance of using URB to compose music.

At EA/CITAR (School of Arts/Research Centre in Science and Technology of the Arts), sound has always assumed a fundamental role, both in academic research and curricular offer, fea- turing a Master Program in Sound Design and a Doctoral Program Specialization in Com- puter Music. This paper presents an overview of some recent artistic/research projects un- dertaken by students and researchers at this institution, which stimulate the user/listener awareness for the acoustic phenomenon. Furthermore, we describe three pedagogical prac- tices, stemming from Soundscape and Film Sound studies, which aim at training students to avoid the devious influence of sight on the assessment of soundscapes.