Max et Julian Stein
Montréal Sound Map

Sound maps are in many ways the most effective auditory archive of an environment, touching on aspects political, artistic, cultural, historical, and technological. Soundscapes are constantly evolving, and maps are very useful in showing where and how these changes are occurring.
Dating back almost forty years to the first sound mapping efforts made by R. Murray Schafer and the Vancouver Soundscape Project in the early 1970s, sound maps have existed in various forms but have always faced challenges due to technological limitations of the time. Today’s technological advancements in portable recording equipment, personal computers, handheld devices, and widespread access to the Internet have opened up many new opportunities for interactive Internet- based projects to reach and involve audiences larger and more extensive than ever before.

Te Montréal Sound Map is an interactive soundscape project that allows users to upload feld recordings to a Google Map of Montréal. Since 2008, almost 300 sound recordings from all over the island have been collected and archived. Te soundscape is constantly changing, and the project acts as a sonic time capsule with the goal of preserving sounds before they disappear.
Soundmapping promotes focused listening. When browsing the website, users listen with purposeful and special attention that is rarely given to the sounds of the environment. We aim for people to continue this attentive listening and experience the complexity and lure of the soundscape frsthand. Tis promotes a more optimistic approach to acoustic ecology, encouraging listeners to lend a musical ear to the soundscape.

Julian Stein is a fourth-year undergraduate student in Concordia University's program of Electroacoustic Studies and is a founding member of both the Concordia Electroacoustic Studies Student Association (CESSA) and the Montréal Sound Map. His interests reside primarily in the classification of sound and compositional structure in electroacoustic music.

Max Stein is a sound artist based in Montréal. His work explores urban soundscapes through electroacoustic composition, online mapping, sound installations, and site-specific performances. Stein designed and runs the Montréal Sound Map (2008-present), an ongoing Google-maps based archive of sound recordings uploaded by inhabitants and visitors from various locations around the city. He has since collaborated with Victor Gama (TSIKAYA), Håkan Lidbo and Elin Franzén (Oljud Sthlm) and Dieter Van Dam (My Favorite Brussels Sound) on other sound mapping projects. He has presented sound installations and performances in Montréal galleries including OBORO, Société des arts technologiques, Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec, Espace Projet, VAV Gallery, Espace Cercle Carré, an La Sala Rossa.