Audiograph

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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.

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.

Finding home in San Jose's Grand Century Mall

Mar 15, 2018
Christine Nguyen

 

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?

A friend brought me to the Grand Century Mall food court in East San Jose to catch up over bánh xèo. It had been years since I’d torn through this sizzling crepe of coconut cream and rice flour batter. Shrimp, slivers of pork, mint, and bean sprouts spilled out the lacy edges of a golden crisp semicircle.

It tasted like home.

 

 

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.

12/14: Combatting chronic absenteeism

Dec 14, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How one Bay Area school district is offering families extra support so kids get to school on time every day.
  • Inside Real Guitars, the oldest vintage guitar shop in the city.

 

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.  

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.

Claire Stremple

 

Jessie Beck, a biologist with Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, is our captain on today’s inflatable boat commute to Año Nuevo Island.

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.

 

Courtesy of the Oakland Athletics

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

Guess this Bay Area sound! July 22, 2017

Jul 24, 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.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, 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.

 

Corinne Smith

Walking into the San Francisco Library in Bernal Heights on a Saturday afternoon, I see it’s packed with excited, brightly clad kids and caregivers here for story time. Instead of a librarian, they’re circled around a tall figure. Wearing a black sequined gown, stilettos, and a platinum blonde wig, and seated with a book in her long painted nails, it's Yves St. Croissant, aka Sean Santos, one of San Francisco’s beloved Drag Queens.

 

“My only friend in the whole wide world is a hippo named boo boo butt," reads St. Croissant. "Yay!”

Sarah Tan

All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Guess this Bay Area sound! June 17, 2017

Jun 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.

San Francisco Sherriff's Department / cropped and resized

All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Guess this Bay Area sound! June 3, 2017

Jun 8, 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: Brotherhood Way

May 25, 2017
Truc Nguyen

All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Guess this Bay Area sound! May 20, 2017

May 22, 2017
Illustration by Rich Black

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.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Warriors fans

May 18, 2017

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

Ashleyanne Krigbaum

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

The Bay Bridge that was

Apr 13, 2017
Lina Misitzis

 

The last of the old Bay Bridge came down a few weeks ago. That means the end of a habitat for the double crested cormorants that nested there. At their height in 2007, more than 1,200 nests were counted in the underbelly of the bridge.

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