An audio recording composed of multiple sound clips that, once assembled and arranged, creates an environment that surrounds the listener. These sounds can capture a real place or a place that no longer exists. They can also come from someone’s imagination. Taken together, the various sounds that make up a soundscape help tell the story of a place, person, object, or idea, like a neighborhood, a historical figure, a painting, or a memory. Anyone—from sound designers (like musicians or audio engineers) to visual artists to historians—can create a soundscape.


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