Istanbul has turned into a huge (and pretty noisy) orchestra in the last few years, thanks to its rapid growth, chaotic traffic and crowdedness. Each day, we are exposed to hundreds of sounds and mentally suppress most of them (to keep sane, mostly). The latest exhibition at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC), “Everyday Sounds: Exploring Sound through Daily Life” gives visitors the chance to explore the sound of Istanbul.
“The Soundscape of Istanbul” project, an interactive map collecting and preserving recordings of everyday urban sounds, is the most interesting part of the exhibition. Use the map to rediscover the multifaceted sonic identity of Istanbul and get ready to fall in love with our city all over again after listening to the Kahramanmaraş ice cream seller at İstiklal, people playing backgammon in Yıldız Park or a rite held at Fener Greek Patriarchate Cathedral.
You can contribute to “The Soundscape of Istanbul” collection by participating in the Soundsslike project. Click here to upload the sounds you have recorded in the city to the Soundsslike map.
Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, İstiklal Caddesi No: 181, Merkez Han, Beyoğlu – (0212) 393 6000
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-18:30, Sunday 12:00-18:30
Admission is free. You can visit the exhibition until March 20, 2016