LA Listens is a collaboration between a sound ethnographer, acoustic ecologist, and a composer/music technologist. With a set of experimental approaches, we listen to the interrelationships between the sensory, social, and ecological aspects of streets in Los Angeles and pivot our research into a creative and engagement platform for community-oriented artists, planners, and organizers. Collectively we scrutinize the meanings of vibrancy and question the role and impact of motorized vehicles, pedestrians, conversations, helicopters, and street vendors in the multivalent soundscape of LA’s neighborhoods.
3-part blog series on MIT Colab Radio:
- Part 1: Investigating Vibrancy through Listening to Urban Sounds
- Part 2: Listening to the Streets: What sounds does vehicular traffic mask?
- Part 3: A soundwalk through the changing street economy of Boyle Heights
Project site: lalistens.org