MyCity, MySounds

Screen-shot of the app «My City, My Sounds«: citymap with symbols
Type of publication
Publishing house, place
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe

»MyCity, MySounds« is a mobile app developed by ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics enabling users to explore acoustic characteristics and meanings of their city. Users can record sounds at real locations and place them on a sound map. With the app all those interested are given the opportunity to record – on-site in the city spaces – the sounds, tones, noises and voices with their own Smartphone, and to connect these with the recording locations on a map. The tonal arrangement of public space is thereby continued in a virtual dimension.

In combination with the »MyCity, MySounds« website, audio walks can be created in different categories. Soundcaching invites users to uncover the city’s acoustic secrets and experience surprises. In the Artist Gallery, users can track sound artists moving through the city, and find out which sounds they think are especially worth listening to. To expand this category, ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics regularly invites sound artists to create very special listening experiences for users. These productions, of high technical quality, enable the user to experience engaging and unexpected perspectives while moving through the urban space.

The app can be downloaded at the Apple App Store. You can also get a Tablet (to be booked) at the Loans Station at the

Loans Station at the ZKM

Up to ten iPads may be loaned via registration for guided tours on presentation of an identity card/passport. For this, reservations are to be made at least three days in advance: Telephone reservations can be made under: +49 (0)721/8100-1990, or by E-mail to: Reservation via E-mail will be considered definite only once the ZKM has issued confirmation.

Please note that unforeseen technical problems with the App or iPads may arise. For this reason loans may be cancelled at short notice.

German and English
Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Organization / Institution
ZKM  | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie