From the Wurstelprater to the Opera, from Hermann Leopoldi to Arnold Schönberg: listen to and explore Vienna’s sounding past.In a recently presented online project, the Austrian Mediathek created a historical sound map of Vienna, localizing more than 300 historical sounds at their specific places on the Vienna City map. Curated by the historian Georg Traska, oral history interviews, radio recordings, music and historical speeches returned to the places where they were recorded, composed, performed or where they refer to.

Acoustic Online City Map of Vienna (in German).

Join us on a journey through Vienna’s sounding history!

More than 300 recordings from the archives of the Austrian Mediathek are assembled and localized on Vienna’s City Map, playing at their specific places of origin or performance, illustrated with pictures and texts and presented online for listening and exploring the cultural history of Vienna.

Viennese Sound Map“ (CC-BY-SA, Österreichische Mediathek, kronsteiner|lohmer 2015)

Viennese Sound Map, Österreichische Mediathek, kronsteiner|lohmer 2015 CC BY-SA

Especially created walkingtours guide you through the city: Explore Vienna‘s city center and its political history, listen to descriptions of the historical Jewish everyday life in Vienna’s 15th district or take a walk through Vienna’s amusement park – the “Wurstelprater“ with historic sounds, songs and interviews.

Sound Walk, Österreichische Mediathek, kronsteiner|lohmer 2015 CC BY-SA

Sound Walk, Österreichische Mediathek, kronsteiner|lohmer 2015 CC BY-SA

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Mobile Soundmap, Österreichische Mediathek, kronsteiner|lohmer 2015 CC BY-SA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.mediathek.at/stadtplan is a webbased application, optimized for mobile use, you don’t need to register or download any additional software (it is no app).

All metadata and pictures of the project are offered under a creative commons licence (CC BY-SA), they can be downloaded from the webpage (via xml or GeoJson) and might be used to create further applications. The copyright protected recordings are streamed from the Mediathek‘s website and have perma URLs.

Historical voices, political speeches, oral history interviews, music and literature – recordings from the archive virtually return to their origins and enable you to walk through and listen to Viennas past. More than a century of recordings, ranging from the Vilja-Song to the Eroica, from Bertha von Suttner to Elfriede Jelinek, from Sigmund Freud to Viktor Frankl bring back (Hi)Stories of Vienna…

The creation of „Sounds and Voices – an acoustic Viennese Online City Map“ was financed by the initiative „Netidee“ of the Internet Foundation Austria (IPA).

Szenen aus dem Wurstelprater – Acoustic Feature from 1903. Listen to this recording

Vienna Prater, 1907, Postcard Scan, Oesterreichische Mediathek, 2015 CC BY-SA 3.0

Szenen aus dem Wurstelprater – Acoustic Feature from 1903. Listen to this recording

by the Österreichische Mediathek