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This Website Lets You Build a Travel Itinerary Via Sound

July 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | ()

Movies, television shows, and books allow us to travel the world from the comfort of our own living rooms. But what about sound? A new project, Sound Transit, is letting people experience different cultures via a large database of recordings.

Taken individually, the recordings allow you to transport yourself to a specific place, like a night market in Vietnam or a light rainfall in the jungles of South America. That's cool to play around with, but the bread and butter of the site is that it lets you build a travel itinerary, including the starting city, stopovers, and destination, which you can then virtually experience through a compilation of sound recordings.

We found it fun to play around with, especially building a trip we've already experienced and seeing how it comes to life in the recordings and comparing it to our memories. It's something that travelers might want to consider using as a white-noise machine while working or, even better, falling asleep. Talk about some sweet dreams.

Below, you can hear a short NPR report about Sound Transit, and see a few screen shots below that demonstrate how to set up your sound journey. Let us know what you think once you play around with it.

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