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What's the sound of where you live?

A crowd-sourced collaborative radio project that takes you on a tour of the Bay Area, mapping the sonic signature of each of its nine counties. 

For more, visit Audiograph website or follow Audiograph on Twitter and Facebook.

Or drop us a line at listen@audiographradio.org.

Soundbox: San Francisco Symphony's experimental space

15 hours ago
Cory Weaver / cropped and resized

In this Audiograph, we go to Soundbox, the San Francisco Symphony’s experimental music space. First launched in 2014, each concert at Soundbox has a theme, and is put together by curators. These concerts feel totally different than going to the symphony — and they’re supposed to.

Saying goodbye to the Mission's Lucca Ravioli

Apr 18, 2019
Bo Walsh / KALW

In this Audiograph, we head to Lucca Ravioli, a San Francisco landmark since 1925. After being in business on the corner of 22nd and Valencia Streets for almost a century, the building went up for sale and the longtime Italian market & delicatessen is closing its doors. At the end of this month, the familiar hand painted signs on the storefront will be coming down.

Claire Stremple

 

In this Audiograph, Jessie Beck, a biologist with Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, captains the inflatable boat commute to Año Nuevo Island.

Hall of Justice, San Francisco's oldest working jail

Mar 28, 2019
San Francisco Sherriff's Department / cropped and resized

From our Audiograph series:

San Francisco’s oldest working jail is located on the top floor of the city’s Hall of Justice. That jail is seismically unsafe, and it’s got a bad reputation — rats wandering behind the walls, peeling old paint, and even frequent raw sewage floods

Last call on BART

Mar 14, 2019
Jeremy Dalmas

From our Audiograph series:

Unlike other metro systems, BART shuts down for several hours a day for routine maintenance. That likely won’t change unless they build another track under the Bay. Meaning if you don’t get into the Embarcadero station by 12:27 a.m. you’ll have to find another way across the Bay. And, this isn’t your quiet-but-crowded morning commute.

The Museum of Entomology

Mar 7, 2019
Photograph by Kyle Merrit Ludowitz.

From our Audiograph series:

In the basement of the life sciences building at the University of California, Berkeley, there’s a little known museum that’s home to millions of dried bugs.

Finding home in San Jose's Grand Century Mall

Feb 7, 2019
Christine Nguyen

 

From Audiograph, signature sounds of the Bay Area:

I’ve moved 16 times. So when I settled in San Jose, I thought I could finally get some real Vietnamese food.

But where to go?

Courtesy of the Oakland Athletics

From Audiograph, signature sounds of the Bay Area:

The Bay Area has a rich pro sports scene with distinctive voices who bring us all the action.

Zeina Nasr / KALW

From our Audiograph archives:

Tiny Telephone is a recording studio in San Francisco’s Mission District committed to making analog recordings on tape, maintaining affordable rates, and welcoming a diverse range of local and international musicians into its colorful, creative, and caffeine-enhanced world.

Truc Nguyen

 

From our Audiograph archives:

When Metallica, the Rolling Stones, or other big rock acts come to the Bay Area, and they need their guitars fixed, there’s a good chance you can find them down at 15 Lafayette Street in San Francisco.

Live from the Dickens Christmas Fair

Dec 6, 2018
Ninna Gaensler-Debs / KALW News

From our Audiograph archives:

On the south side of San Francisco, a performance is taking place. It's an annual tradition, in a transformed arena off Geneva Street. In a space once reserved for livestock and cowboys, the streets of Victorian England come alive. It’s the Great Dickens Christmas Fair.

Jeremy Dalmas / KALW News

Every year since 1975 the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony has taken place on Alcatraz Island on Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day. Native Americans of many tribes attend the ceremony to commemorate the 1969 protest when the Alcatraz Red Power Movement occupied the island. They stayed there for 18 months, until they were removed by federal marshalls in 1971.

Ian Lewis / KALW News

From our Audiograph archives:

Last week, 14-year-old Maxine McCormick won a pair of gold medals at the world championships in England: for women’s trout accuracy and for salmon distance. So where does a girl go to learn to be the very best? The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Honoring Jerry Garcia's little-known past with Jerry Day

Jul 24, 2018
Used by permission from CC Flickr account humboldthead

 

From our Audiograph archives:

You might expect that a Jerry Garcia-themed event in San Francisco would be founded by a Deadhead. You know, a stereotypical Grateful Dead mega-fan who followed the band around the country for years, dropping acid, wearing tie-dye, and talking about world peace.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

Audiograph is a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

Audiograph tells the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you. Every Thursday, we tell you the story behind our weekly mystery sound on Crosscurrents, and here in weekly blog posts.

 

Chapel of the Chimes Solstice Concert

Jun 11, 2018

This story is from our Audiograph archives. Audiograph is a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the Bay Area’s sonic signature. These sounds tell the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you.

Listen above for the full story.

Amber Miles

 

It’s Friday night on the corner of 16th and Valencia in San Francisco’s Mission District. Shops are closing up and folks that live out here are settling into vacant doorways. The traffic on the street sounds frustrated; revving, waiting, and beeping as the last of the commuters surface from the BART station and breeze by.

 

Most of them don’t even notice a man in a poofy red and white mushroom hat, sorting through a tangled web of colored wires and extension cords.

Courtesy of Mar Velez

 

Second Fridays at the Legionnaire Saloon in downtown Oakland are not just any bar night. It feels more like a backyard party or a family reunion.

Guess this Bay Area sound! February 23, 2018

Feb 26, 2018
ILLUSTRATION BY RICH BLACK / CROPPED AND RESIZED

This is Audiograph — the Bay Area’s sonic signature. We’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound in the player above, figure out where it was recorded and what it is, then call to let us know.

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Tanforan

Feb 20, 2018
Dorothea Lange / cropped and resized

All week long, we played this sound and asked you to guess what exactly it was and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

The Stanford Band scatters on

Feb 15, 2018

 

On a fall evening at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto — better known as “The Farm” — college-football rivals UC Berkeley and Stanford meet for their annual showdown at the 120th “Big Game.”

The stadium is divided in half, with Cal fans in blue and gold on one side, and Stanford in Cardinal red on the other. Chants and cheers can be heard throughout the crowd.

The band always wins

Asal Ehsanipour / KALW News

 

Alemany Farmers Market started during WWII to support rural farms near San Francisco. Throughout the market’s evolution, its maintained modest prices, diverse customers, and a “local first” attitude towards selling produce. You’ll find an assortment of Latin and Southeast Asian ingredients unlike anywhere else, and it’s open every Saturday, all year long.

 

Buried deep in Stanford Hospital is a network that’s a little more Jules Verne than Silicon Valley.

Hundreds of short-legged pups celebrate Corgi Con

Nov 2, 2017
Claire Stremple

Corgi Con is a semi-annual celebration of short, sausage-shaped dogs called Corgis. Hundreds of dogs and their families descend on Ocean Beach for a day of events and festivities.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Ghost Hunter

Nov 1, 2017
Julie Caine

 

Here's the sound we played as a clue. We asked you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Listen above for the full answer.  

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Winchester Mystery House

Oct 31, 2017

Here's the sound we played as a clue. We asked you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Guests flock to San Francisco's Bird Hotel

Aug 24, 2017
courtesy of Birgit Soyka

 

Birgit Soyka stands in a large warehouse amongst 68 bird cages, each holding an exotic bird. The walls are covered in photos of brightly colored parrots, and bird-shaped tchotchkes dot the room. She cradles Boogie, a Congo African gray, and a regular guest at the San Francisco Bird Hotel, a spa and resort for birds.

“Hi Boogie,” Soyka says; the bird coos in response.

Guess this Bay Area sound! August 19, 2017

Aug 21, 2017
Illustration by Rich Black / cropped and resized

This is Audiograph — the Bay Area’s sonic signature. Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound in the player above, figure out where it was recorded and what it is, then call to let us know.

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller.

Audiograph’s Sound of the Week: Alameda Ferry

Aug 17, 2017
Photo by Julie Caine

 

We played you this sound and asked you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

courtesy of Kinetic Steam Works

 

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

 

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