Explore The Sounds of Street View

Immerse yourself more deeply with locations across the world with a new project created by designers for hearing aid company Amplifon UK. While anyone may scan scenes thousands of miles away from his computer through Google Street View, the experience isn’t complete without the accompanying atmospheric sounds. Sounds of Street View adds ambient noises to Google Street View, bringing the 3-dimensional imagery to life. The sounds — sourced from websites or originally created — are highly specific to each location, with the designers using latitude and longitude to add invisible sound markers to anything on Street View that may emit noise. What’s even cooler is that volumes shift depending on your distance from the source of the sound, so that virtually walking around is a seamless experience both visually and aurally. Sound is also processed in a way that mimics how the contours of the human ear affect how we perceive sound — that is, sharper in the front and muted in the back.

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Currently, the experimental project has mapped three locations: the Place du Palais in Monaco, Balboa Park in San Diego, and Hapuna Beach in Hawaii. Roaming the Place du Palais makes for a relaxing, sunny afternoon: accordion music fills the main square until you move closer to the church, and its bells ring loudly to drown out the music. At a nearby restaurant, you can hear the clatter of cutlery as people dine alfresco — until you turn the corner to meet the bellowing carnival sounds coming from a carousel.

Amplifon is crowdsourcing the project to have more locations, providing instructions on how others may soundtrack their scene of choice, inviting anyone with minimal coding experience to interpret street views as they would like and to share their creations with the world.

text by: Claire Voon










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