City Soundscapes Myanmar

City Soundscapes Myanmar

  • The City Soundscapes Myanmar Sound Archive contains 3 hours of sound material. With over 100 audio tracks of atmospheres of Burmese cities.
  • City Soundscapes Myanmar contains the two sound archives of Yangon and Mandalay as well as recordings from other Burmese cities like Pyin U Lwin, Hispaw and others.

City Soundscapes Myanmar - Burmese City Sounds

The City Soundscapes Myanmar Sound Archive from Avosound contains more than 3 hours of audio material: 100 audio tracks of atmospheres from the Burmese cities Yangon, Mandalay, Pyin U Lwin, Hispaw and others. The City Soundscapes Myanmar Sound Archive takes you on a journey through Burma and delivers fresh, up-to-date sounds from Burmese cities. Visit the gold leaf forge in Mandalay, travel on the Old Burma Road, stand at the jetty in Yangon to watch the countless ferry boats, or climb up to the golden Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon. The City Soundscapes Myanmar Sound Archive comprises the archives City Soundscapes Yangon, City Soundscapes Mandalay as well as other sounds from Burmese cities. The City Soundscapes Myanmar Sound Archive is also available in a package with Burmese Soundscapes Sound Archive, including rural Burmese recordings and atmospheres.

City Soundscapes Myanmar - Burmese City Sounds
City Soundscapes Myanmar with city recordings of Yangon, Mandalay, Pyin U Lwin and others

City Soundscapes Myanmar - Overview

Overview Recordings City Soundscapes Myanmar

The two major cities Yangon and Mandalay can be downloaded as individual collections, but they are also part of the City Soundscapes Myanmar Sound Archive. Additional recordings were mede in the following cities: Pyin U Lwin, Hsipaw and Nyaung Shwe. All sounds come with detailed descriptions and metadata for administration software like Soundminer in order to search for sounds.

  • Yangon traffic
  • Mandalay traffic
  • Recordings of Burmese cities like Hispaw, Pyin U Lwin, Nyaung Shwe
  • Harbour and boat docks / jetty piers
  • Boat traffic in Nyaung Shwe / Inle Lake
  • Leaf gold forge in Mandalay
  • Shwedagon pagoda atmosphere
  • Market atmosphere in Hispaw, Inle Lake Floating Market, Night Market in Hispaw, Mandalay Temple Market
  • Burmese restaurant, street food and tea house atmosphere

This list is merely an overview. Please refer to the online sound archive or the track sheet for more information.

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Visiting Burmese Cities

The City Soundscapes Myanmar Sound Archive contains recordings from the capital Yangon as well as the cultural centre Mandalay in the heart of Myanmar. Acoustically, the two cities are very different from each other. Yangon is busy with old, noisy busses and lots of new cars; Mandalay, on the other hand, is alive with a merry mix of mopeds, mini-trucks and honking pickup busses.

Boat Traffic on Inle Lake

As idyllic as the pictures of Inle Lake might seem, once you hear the acoustic impressions, you will no longer think of romance and unspoilt nature. The noise of the two-stroke motors used by the Burmese people to transport tourists and all sorts of materials across this idyllic lake is constant and quickly spoils the beautiful sights like the swimming gardens and the famous one-leg rowers. The latter look like they have defied gravity as they stand on their picturesque little floats. But they are merely doing what they have been doing for centuries: fishing, rowing with one leg...and posing. Ever since tourism came to Lake Inle, these rowers must have been photographed thousands of times!

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Field Recording in Burma - The Travel Diary

If you would like to try one-legged rowing yourself, we can only recommend a trip to the Inle Lake -- and we guarantee that you'll end up in the water almost immediately!

For those who would like to find out more about our Field Recording journey through Burma (or traveling in Burma in general), we have uploaded our in-depth travel diary. Do please send us your own impressions of Burma too!