/ Inaugurated in July, 2013, URB is a soundscape storage and analysis system idealized by José Alberto Gomes
, and developed in partnership with Diogo Tudela
. URB's goal is to keep record of the sonic profile of Porto, allowing researchers and artists to use that data set freely within their own projects.
Using Raspberry Pi
computers located in four different places within the city, URB is constantly analyzing the city's soundscape and storing its sonic features in an on-line public database, which can be accessed at any time. Data is updated every five minutes with fresh values picked from Porto's streets.
Use the links below to get to know the architecture of this project, and to take a look into our databases.