Sonoteca Bahía Blanca es un proyecto independiente, autogestionado, y sin fines de lucro. Se sostiene principalmente gracias a un equipo de voluntarios que desarrollan tareas de investigación, diseño, programación, edición, clasificación, gestión y difusión.
Si bien está contemplado el aporte económico originado por becas y subsidios, dichos ingresos se destinan íntegramente tanto al desarrollo y actualización de la plataforma como a gastos vinculantes.
Nuestro cometido es completamente ad honorem y sin fines de lucro.
Si querés apoyar el proyecto con una donación* nos será de gran ayuda.


* Consta de un único pago de $25 (AR$)


About This Project

The Sound as an Intangible Cultural Heritage
«Perceiving, understanding and conceiving our sound identity, that of our places, its coherence and its idiosyncrasy is a necessary and healthy exercise. To capture and expose sounds means an extension of life and the creation of new spaces.» (; 2006)
The soundscape has been declared by UNESCO as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Therefore, its safeguarding, revitalization, regeneration and dissemination will be an important contribution to the regional and local culture.
Sonoteca Bahia Blanca is a virtual platform that aims to provide a common space for the collection, concentration, sharing and distribution of sound through its georeferencing and organization in a database, from a collaborative, supportive cultural practice and community status.
This project seek to enhance the sound heritage of the city, to rediscover and disseminate it, as a means of our identity.


Declared of Municipal Interest by the Honorable Council of Bahía Blanca (Exp: HCD-159/2015)
Declared of Municipal Interest by the Cultural Institute of Bahía Blanca (NL311 Nº468/2016 Resol. Nº3/205)
Declared of Cultural Interest by the Honorable Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Buenos Aires (Exp: D-1294/17-18)
Declared of Cultural Interest by the Ministry of Culture of Argentina (Resol: 2017-1067-APN-MC)



We want to know the sounds of the city, let us listen to them!
Sonoteca Bahia Blanca invites citizens to participate in the construction of the Sound Map of the city. We understand it as a tool capable of giving us the opportunity to rediscover, understand and disseminate the cultural diversity of the city, participating from our own identity. Therefore, we invite the community to record sounds showing the local soundscape.
Those interested can send audio files in any format to
The file must be accompanied by the following information:
_Name and surname
_Description sound (e.g: Parrots in the Parque de Mayo, playground in City Park, etc.)
_Address (eg: Alsina 425) or place where the sound was recorded  (e.g: Municipal Theatre of Bahía Blanca)
_Date, Time, approximate time (e.g: Saturday September 21, 2013, 18hrs, sunset, etc.)
_Device used for capturing sound (e.g: Cellphone, MP3 player, etc.)
_Dataset_name contact (email, social networks, phone, etc.)
_ User name (e.g: magrimaldi, elnavarrete, etc.)


All works included in the Soundmap of Bahía Blanca are under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International




The next series of activities based on proposals by Raymond Murray Schafer Canadian composer and musician, on“Towards a sound education, 100 exercises hearing and sound production” (Arcana: 1992; 144 pps).
You need:
– Paper.
– Pencil.
– Ears wide open.
1) Write down all sounds you hear. You can take the time you want to perform this task.
Note: This simple exercise can be done anywhere by anyone. It would be interesting to repeat at different times and in contrasting environments, not only to develop the habit of listening, but also to compare each “postal sound”.
2) Now let’s group the sounds you registered in different ways:
We recommend:
a- Sound of nature, a sound produced by the human or technological sounds. Which one prevailed? Which is your favorite?
b- Some sounds continued incessantly during the listening; others perhaps were repeated, sounding more than once, while some were heard only once. Group them according to these characteristics.
c- Loud and softer sounds. Which ones prevailed? Which are your favourites?
d- Pleasant and unpleasant sounds. Which do you think predominate?





The Birds Park · Museo de Ciencias de Bahía Blanca

Código QR - Playlist Paseo de Aves Museo de Ciencias - Sonoteca Bahía Blanca

A Project developed together  with the Museo de Ciencias de Bahía Blanca. The objective is to develop a public area situated in the Parque de la Ciudad: The Birds Park.

We tried to allow the access to the sound patrimony of the museum, through new interaction opportunities. The visitor can listen to the birds singing, through his mobile. He also can unload sounds and images, in order to have more information about these birds. This is easy, fast and free.

The Project is divided in three stages:

· Publication of the The Birds Park in a digital file.

· Restoration of the information columns in the park.

· Publication of the Birds Guide, including a digital QR code with audiovisual information.




Cabildo Sound Map · Escuela de Educación Secundaria Nº 4

QR - De qué pueblo sos - Mapa Sonoro Cabildo

Teacher Andrea Mundiñano and her pupils from  Cabildo Escuela de Educación Secundaria N°4, developed a Project called “Which town are you from?”.  The objective is to promote the inmaterial patrimony of the town, and the sounds of the place. They recorded different sounds and created the Sound Map of Cabildo.




Our customized map was based on a mashup developed by Horacio González Diéguez and Xoán-Xil López from VHPlab, and customized by Fermín Enrique Ramirez (Sonoteca Bahía Blanca). This model results from the convergence of Bar-Ui 4 Maps, Umap (OSM) and Internet Archive, as an alternative to Playermap (Google Maps + Soundcloud).
Code is under GNU GPL license, so that other people and collectives can use it.
More information: Sonoteca Bahía Blanca – VHPlab


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Sound Territories


Bahía Blanca · Stockholm · Basque Country · Ibias · Budapest · Oviedo · Cabildo · Vigo · Athens · Toronto · La Rambla · Harbin · Sicily · Hualpén · Krakow · Galicia · Norway · Asturias · New York · Berlín · Canary Islands · Lima · San Francisco Bay Area · Seoul · Mexico · Lugo · New Orleans · Valparaiso · Santorini · Montreal · Mississauga · Andean Region · London · Inukjuak · Hampstead · Curitiba · Edinburgh · South Korea · Barcelona · Chicago · Belfast · Andalucia · Oberoesterreich · Lisbon · Paris · Istanbul · Firenze · Glasgow · Fleurieu · São Paulo · Caseros · Dun Laoghaire · Brussels · Guayaquil · Toscana · Leicestershire · Panama · Sergiyev Posad · Mumbai · Lublin · Saturnia · Taranto (Italy) · Spain · Belgrade · Cullera · China · Playa Ancha · Granada · Seville · Suffolk · Ipswich · Bratislava · Lazio · Taiwan · Japan · Essex · Belgrade · Valdivia · Norfolk · Uruguay


Cities & Memory · · Soundcities · Radio Aporee · m2sonido · Refugee Republic · Sound Tourism · Noisetube · Soundseeker · Nature Soundmap · Cartophonies · Orthodox Bell Ringing Map · Locusonus · Sounds of Europe · Audiomapa · Western Soundscape Archive · Michi to Oto · Manchester Peripheral · Map of Noise Alerts · MoMA · Map of Languages · Melbourne Poetry Map · Sound Biosphere Reserve of Asturias · How Loud · Sound Around You · Sound Bum · Aural Archipielago · Tactical Soundgarden · Localingual · Ayotzinapa



What is Sonoteca Bahia Blanca?
Sonoteca Bahia Blanca is a virtual platform that aims to provide a common space for the collection, concentration, sharing and distribution of sound through its georeferencing and organization in a database, from a collaborative, supportive cultural practice and community status.
Who are we?
Sonoteca Bahia Blanca reflects input from a community of individuals, mostly professionals and volunteers.
How can you participate?
– By sending your opinions, suggestions, questions, write to
– By sending material to with the following information enclosed:
   #Name and surname (or name of organization or group).
   #File description (only for classification purposes).
   #Location (neighborhood, address).
   #Contact details (telephone, mail, web).
– Participating in our poll; Your opinion is important.
– Through a contribution to help us with the costs of the platform.
– By joining the team or working as a volunteer.


Noise Pollution

Noise and air pollutant
Noise pollution is a process that affects the environment, is produced by the presence of a physical agent called NOISE, in higher intensities than allowed normally and produces different effects on both humans and animals and materials.
Noise is unwanted sound annoying, especially abundant the urban environment or large areas of human activities.
The causes of noise in the community are many: air and ground transportation, construction work, industrial and commercial activities, recreation, mechanical and electrical equipment, pets, household noises like those produced by radio and television.
The noise has a number of features that unlike other air pollutants and impede the implementation of control and monitoring.
These features may be mentioned:
· Very little energy is required to produce it.
The acoustic energy involved in generating high levels of noise is negligible.
· It is perceived by one sense.
Unlike other pollutants, noise is perceived only through the sense of hearing, and that its spread is airborne. For example a polluted river could be detected through vision (visual impact), the taste, smell and even touch.
· No residue.
Once the noise source fails, the noise disappears. This forces quantify their magnitude at the same time it occurs.
Compared with other pollutants, control of environmental noise is limited by lack of knowledge of its effects on humans, the limited information on the dose-response relationship and the lack of defined criteria.
Environmental legislation has provisions for local and provincial level.
In our city, the issue is addressed by Ordinance No. 7604/93: Noise nuisance to the neighborhood, which states:
«Cause is prohibited to produce or encourage unnecessary or excessive noises which spread by air or solid way affect or are able to affect the public, whether in public or private environments, whatever the jurisdiction on these runs and the act, fact or activity in question «
This Ordinance sets guidelines spare sound measurement based IRAM 4062.
Source: Government of Bahia Blanca · Environment



Sonoteca Bahía Blanca is an independent, self-managed and non-profit project. It is mainly sustained by a team of volunteers who develop research activities, design, programming, editing, classification, management and dissemination.
While it is contemplated the economic contribution caused by scholarships and grants, such income is wholly for both the development and updating of the platform and binding costs.
Our mission is completely pro bono and non-profit.
If you want to support the project with a donation* it will help much.


*A single payment of $25 (AR $)