Abstract: This collection includes sound recordings of Istanbul which document everyday traditions and daily urban life from a sonic perspective.
Institute: Suna Kıraç Library, Special Collections and Archives
Creator(s): Pınar Çevikayak Yelmi
Date Range: 2014-2016
Extent: Digital-born collection
As born-digital files, recordings have been publicly available online.
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[Title of the item], [Identification of item]. Yelmi, Pınar Çevikayak. Soundscape of Istanbul. Koç University Suna Kıraç Library, Special Collections and Archives. [Reference URL for digital copies]
This collection, as a result of her project, was created by Pınar Çevikayak Yelmi, a PhD student in the Department of Design, Technology, Society, Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities. The preservation and public availability of this collection were granted to Suna Kıraç Library in 2015-2016 as the intellectual legacy of the Koç University academic community.
The collection includes sound recordings of everyday life of Istanbul as a project supported by Koç University Seed Fund (2014-2016). In this collaborative project with Mixer (Soundwalk Workshops), ANAMED (Exhibition), Studio-X Istanbul (Talk, Exhibition, Workshops), Pınar Çevikayak Yelmi aimed to explore the culture and everyday life of the city from a sonic perspective. She collected the urban sonic values and archived them as intangible cultural heritage elements in Koç University Suna Kıraç Library Digital Collections.
Pınar Çevikayak Yelmi, a PhD student in the Department of Design, Technology, Society, Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Prior to Koç University, she received her Bachelor’s degree from the department of Industrial Design at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Türkiye, 2008) and her Master’s degree from the department of Visual Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano (Milano, Italy, 2012). Her studies on sounds of Istanbul started during her Master’s education. She designed an unconventional guide system including a website, a smart phone application and a sonic souvenir which aims to guide through urban sounds. It was her challenge to design visual interfaces for auditory urban experiences.
Another exuberant aspect of this project, with its integration with Europeana Sounds it makes efforts towards protecting Europe’s sound heritage. Yelmi also designed exhibitions in order to raise public awareness of the significance of the sounds of Istanbul. Using her background and education, she initiated the “Soundsslike” project to expand this sound collection by public contribution. Soundsslike project is a crowdsourced sound map which encourages people to record and upload their own sound recordings for protecting urban sounds as a collective work. She makes efforts for this project to become a global action towards collecting cultural sounds and creating a comprehensive archive of how world sounds like.
The records are arranged by the collection Owner and digital collection with its metadata was processed in consultation with the University Archives staff.
Items have been recorded by TASCAM DR-680 Portable Multitrack Sound Recorder and DPA 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone in 6 channels, and edited in Logic Pro X. MP3 (320 kbps) derivative files for the sound recordings are uploaded to our CONTENTdm digital platform in 2015.