IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(5): 260-268 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.831

The Soundscape of Istanbul: Exploring the Public Awareness of Urban Sounds

Pinar Yelmi
Abstract—The Soundscape of Istanbul project aims to ex-plore urban sounds of Istanbul since they form a significant part of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and to protect them by creating an archive for sounds of Istanbul’s urban culture. We conducted primary source research followed by an online survey and interviews in order to specify culturally significant urban sounds and to define the archive content. Besides gath-ering data for archive content, we obtained a pattern demon-strating the level of awareness of urban and cultural sounds of Istanbul from the viewpoint of residents and foreigners. This paper discusses the pattern drawn from the results of the online survey that shows which sounds are primarily recog-nized and which ones less so, and put forward possible reasons for this outcome. This paper is intended to lay the groundwork for further research on which culturally significant urban sounds need more attention and how to increase awareness of the most important sounds for a sustainable urban culture.

Index Terms—Awareness, daily traditions, intangible cul-tural heritage, sound archive, soundscape, urban sounds.

P. Yelmi is with Koç UniVersity, Istanbul, Turkey (e-mail: pcevikayak@ ku.edu.tr).

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Cite: Pinar Yelmi, "The Soundscape of Istanbul: Exploring the Public Awareness of Urban Sounds," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 260-268, 2017.

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