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What would we learn if we changed the way we looked at our cities? What if instead of just looking at them, we could listen to them?

SoundAffects is an experiential project by Parsons The New School for Design. We're turning everyday things from weather and traffic to color and motion, into their own musical sounds. SoundAffects is a ten-day musical and visual exploration that could change the way we think about our cities.

We're conducting experiments throughout the week to see how disruptions on the block might affect the music. You're encouraged to create your own experiments and see how they change the way the music sounds.

From May 13th through May 22nd we'll be streaming live from Fifth Avenue and 13th Street. People are encouraged to visit and use their headphones to listen on site, in real time.

@soundaffectsnyc and #soundaffectsnyc

As we collect data, we are also making it available to the public. You soon will have access to our data by downloading our CSV file for your own creations.

Be sure to share your interpretations with us at

At Parsons, we're rethinking and remaking the role of design. We're collaborating across disciplines and boundaries to craft innovative approaches to the complex social and ecological forces that comprise the world today. To learn more, visit PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN |

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