Sound of a City — Sydney


Figure 1 : A notation based on the recording “Sound of a City — Sydney”

The strategy that I used in my sound piece is ‘As an orchestra playing in the traffic’. I recorded different sound of the traffic from the city and then resembled them into one sound piece, just like John Cage’s Fontana Mix did. John Cage’s Fontana Mix consists many different sounds. According to Uncle Dave Lewis, John Cage divided the sound into six classes; city sounds, country sounds, electronic sounds, manually produced (meaning “instrumental”) sounds, wind-produced sounds, and small sounds that require amplification. He composed them into one to form a story or a scene where audience can visualize. I drew a sound notation drawing (Figure 1) based on my sound piece. I used three type of method to represent different sound. For example, the short line is metal clinking, the solid straight lines are the sound of machines, , the blue broad line is the sound of water flowing, the complex wave is sound of people talking and the dot at the end is the sound of the pedestrian traffic light. I tried to compose this different type of sound to visualize the city for the audiences. After listening to my sound piece, you will find out that our city is a busy place, where much construction is going on, many cars is on the road, while we can still find some nature element in the busy city.


  1. Dave Lewis, Fontana Mix, for 4-channel tape or indeterminate means | Details | AllMusic, AllMusic, viewed on 30 May 2016,<>
  2. TheWelleszCompany, 2011, John Cage: Aria (Fontana Mix) (1958) — YouTube, viewed on 29 May 2016<>