Soundscapes are the aural equivalent of landscapes: when surrounded by an environment, we tend to notice visual elements more than acoustic ones. By focusing on a soundscape, we are able to learn more about a place and also about the communities who inhabit it. Soundscapes and their analysis can touch and be applied to several disciplines: from urban design to ecology, from social studies to music composition.
From the works of Raymond Murray Shafer to our days, the study of soundscapes remains of primary interest to a sound designer. In this section it is possible to listen to several projects by NABA students experimenting with soundscapes. They are mainly related to Milan and its surroundings, and they all investigate specific aspects of the selected location. There is always a set of samples attached to each soundscape, and in some cases students also composed an audio narrative with the samples recorded.