Binghamton Residents! The Binghamton Historical Soundwalk Project is conducting a “sound drive” through December 31, 2017!

We want to hear what sounds you consider essential to life in the city, particularly your experiences and memories of sound along Water Street, Court Street, and the River Walk!

Make short recordings (<2 minutes) via your cell phone or other recording device and send them to with a short note about the date, time, place, and significance of your recording (scroll down for contribution guidance and suggestions).

Your contributions will be uploaded to an online archive of sounds contributed by Binghamton residents that you can access and listen to anytime via soundcloud, and some of them will be selected as part of the live soundart project, The Binghamton Historical Soundwalk that will launch in 2018!

Here’s our BHSP soundcloud. New sounds are being added every day! Listen in to the sounds of Binghamton here:


Three Ways to Contribute:

  1. Make a new recording of a sound that is significant to you along the proposed soundwalk route using your cell phone or other audio recording device (no more than 30 seconds to 1 minute in length). We’re looking for ambient sounds–sounds that create an atmosphere and sense of space–signal sounds–sounds that make you pay attention–NOISES–sounds that you consider annoying, distasteful, loud etc.–dominant sounds–sounds that take over a certain place–biophony and nature sounds–and soundmarks--Binghamton’s most distinctive sounds–and just overall significant sounds that are important to you and that you want others to listen to. We want it all! The good, the bad, the ugly, the boring. . .send it in!


2.  Make a new recording of yourself sharing a memory of a significant sound from the proposed soundwalk route and tell us what it meant to you (no more than 2-3 minutes).


3.  Share video or audio recordings of downtown Binghamton that you and your family have saved.  Email to make arrangements to digitize your old tapes, reel-to-reels, and films