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1:25 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

The Sound Of Your City

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 3:35 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We've been asking what you already love. What is the heart of your city? You've been sending pictures and some of you have sent us sound.

BILL DEPUTY: This is Bill Deputy(ph). New Orleans, Louisiana has many signature sounds. Music spills out of the clubs, the clang of the streetcars. But what defines the soundscape of this city is the sound of the steam calliope on the Riverboat Natchez.

(SOUNDBITE OF STEAM CALLIOPE)

MARCUS BURNS: I'm Marcus Burns(ph) from Fort Hood, Texas and the sound of my city every morning, Monday through Friday at 6:30 is the sound of soldiers training.

(SOUNDBITE OF SOLDIERS MARCHING)

KIM ELSHUN: This is Kim Elshun(ph). The sound of Chicago is roller derby at the Windy City Rollers.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: ...on the track and (unintelligible) for the Double Crossers.

(SOUNDBITE OF ROLLER DERBY AMBIANCE)

MARTRICE WHITE: My name is Martrice White(ph). The sound of Portland, Oregon is migrating songbirds on Mount Tabor at daybreak.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONGBIRDS)

WILL COOLEY: My name is Will Cooley(ph). The sound of Santa Monica is the rhythm of rush hour at the gym.

(SOUNDBITE OF MACHINERY)

COOLEY: Sixty-eight people focused on their aerobic exercise machines.

(SOUNDBITE OF MACHINERY)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: (unintelligible) Ms. Williams to the front, please.

RANDY SKACK: My name is Randy Skack(ph) and this is the sound of Kansas City, Missouri, the dinner time line at Gates Barbecue.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: Hi. May I help you? (unintelligible) on Bone. Put it on a bun, please.

Hi. May I help you?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: I'll have a Turkey on Bun with Beans, to stay.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Turkey on Bun, with BB, please.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Keep telling us about the heart of your city. Send us sound and send us pictures too. Find out how at NPR.org@/nprcities. Follow the Cities Project on Twitter at nprcities. And join us for another story in the Cities Project tomorrow. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.