Procrastination Destination: Sound map of the world!

Need a break from final exams and cold Middletown winter weather? Take a vacation through sound with’s sounds of the world map!

The website makes it easy to explore the world through clips of ambient sound that its users have uploaded. Just click on a circle on the map to hear the sounds of that location, while the map shows you a satellite image of the area. Your sound-vacation is mere mouse clicks away!

Read on after the jump for some cool sound-destinations…

1) Some sounds from this past week:

Miami Airport, Florida, USA: Listen to the sound of the air-vent outside an airport terminal, sit back, relax, and think happy travel thoughts.
Kyu Shiba-Rikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan: Let your ears take you on a peaceful garden stroll! Chirping birds, distant wind-chimes, and a peaceful breeze transport you to a relaxing place.
Monbéqui, France: Autumnal forest sounds from an alluvial forest. More birds and nature sounds.

2) Some warmer-weather getaways:

Valparíso, Chile: Enjoy the sounds of the sea! Gentle waves and occasional sea lion sounds.
Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico: Beach sounds recorded from the balcony of a seaside cabana.
Hawai’i Island, Hawai’i, USA: Enjoy a five-minute clip of tree frog sounds.
Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawai’i, USA: Hear the songs of some birds endemic to Hawai’i.



3) Some of this month’s “Listeners’ Favorites”:

San Francisco, California, USA: Voices and sounds from inside a ferry building.
Arkhangelsk, Russia: Live music from an open-air festival!
Sant Bartomeu del Grau, Catalonia, Spain: I’ll admit that this recording wasn’t actually one of the most-listened-to clips from the site, but it is one of my own favorites. Enjoy the sounds of traditional Catalan woodwind instruments accompanied by drums.

The sounds I’ve listed here barely scratch the surface of what’s available in’s map. There’s so much to be discovered on this sound map of the world! So, take the quick vacation from finals week that you clearly deserve – visit another place by exploring its sounds!

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