The world of acoustics is not just confined to finely tuned auditoriums and recording studios.
The most intriguing sonic experiences can be had in some of the world’s unique buildings and structures.
From the soothing sounds found at a UFO monitoring station in the heart of a Californian desert, to the world’s longest reverb in disused oil tanks in Scotland, stunning soundscapes permeate all corners of the globe.
Planning a trip anytime soon? Why not stimulate your ears with a detour to some of the world’s lesser known sonic constructions.
1. Deutzer Bridge, Cologne
Stretching across the Rhine River in Cologne, this bridge might look humdrum but its structure makes for a fascinating auditory experience.
The box girder bridge – with main beams that form three hollow boxes beneath the bridge – resonates traffic noise from above.
The bare concrete walls within the bridge create a lengthy reverberation that is used by artists and musicians to stunning effect.
Listen to this particularly eery sound installation from Bernd Schurer: