SOINU MAPA is an online open collaborative project. Based on “phonography” or the art of recording environmental sounds, our aim is to show, share and exchange field recordings made in the Basque Country. Here, you will find several sound recordings, that tell us a little bit more about the different sonic realities of the Basque country.
In order to enrich the main body of the project, as well as sounds, we have started to collect images (photographs, paintings, prints ..) and texts (ancient laws, chronicles, descriptions …), which in its apparent silence kept extensive sound worlds within, and in some cases can be considered as authentic recordings. So we’ve opened two new sections: Sounding Images and Listening writings.If you also like to record sounds and want to share your work with us, just participate uploading your recordings. You can consult the whole archive of recordings navigating through the map, but also by using categories or tags. All recordings are properly tagged and classified according to the following taxonomy:

Society: Recordings on all kinds of cultural practices, sports, traditions, religion …
Bioacoustics: Recordings related to communication in the animal world
Interview: Voices from different people, melodies of the languages ​​…
Acoustic signals: macro-sounds, bells, sirens, alarms …
Mechanical: machines, engines, woodmade structures ..
Nature: Soundscapes from natural environments, mountains, rivers, forests ..
Urban: Urban soundscapes
Other: Sound phenomena recorded using unusual recording devices and microphones
Sounding Images: Images that display different sound and listening events
Listening writings: Chronicles and different texts written before the invention of sound recording media, old texts on noise legislation …

In order to distribute them freely, all recordings are licensed under Creative Commons.

SOINU MAPA was born in 2005 at Audiolab, the sound department of Arteleku contemporary art center from Donostia-San Sebastián. From the very begining has been directed by Xabier Erkizia with the great support of Oier Iruretagoiena, Xavier Balderas, Luz Maria Sanchez, Iñigo Telletxea and Enrike Hurtado, without whom wouldn’t be possible to keep this project alive. Nowadays, Soinumapa is a project developed and managed by AUDIOLAB (audio laborategia elkartea) association, and is directed collectively by a group of volunteer editors (read CREDITS section).

Soinumapa.net is a non-profit project oriented to research and divulgation. All published contents are properly credited. In case you find any mistake, please let us know about it and we will correct any problem as soon as possible.