From Above – Future Cities

Valparaiso city ambience reimagined (based on an original field recording by Stuart Fowkes).

I wanted to create a sound collage progressing from the most natural parts of the original recording through to the most man-made, representing the uncontrolled development of a city, getting louder and more chaotic, and eventually spiralling out of control. 

A critical mass is reached leading to a sudden change and return to nature. Whether this change is due to a disaster or a breakthrough is left undecided.

Part of the Future Cities project – find out more at

You can hear the original field recording by Stuart here: