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Places & Spaces

Places & Spaces

The sound of a Place or a Space We help countries, cities, museums, galleries, public spaces amongst others to consider how they are heard by people, and how these sounds impact on the experience. Be it silent museums seeking a fresh approach or a tourist authority that is fed up...
Bands / Artists

Bands / Artists

The brand of sound You want your music to be heard. You want people to take time to listen to you. So you need to use tactics that brands use. Whether it is keeping fans interested, finding new fans or getting people to part with a little of their money,...
Brands

Brands

What is the sound of your brand? We help companies and institutions shape how people HEAR their brand, not just how they see it. From the website and the ads, from the retail environment to the the sound of the app or the call centre…people hear your brand everywhere. 4...
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The Sound of Brands and The Bells, The Bells…

The Sound of Brands and The Bells, The Bells…

Been contemplating the sound of bells. Not the whiskey (not a fan) the big things that hang from churches… Now I am not someone who is a fan of campanology. I am fascinated by the role that church bells have played within certain communities. These seems to be three purposes for the bells. A time-keeper,...
RATM vs Joe: They are on the same label. So what are you raging about?

RATM vs Joe: They are on the same label. So what are you raging about?

So the biggest fake fight for number 1 is thankfully now over. Rage Against the Machine is the Xmas number 1, instead of the X-Factor winner Joe something or other. We can all pat ourselves on the back to show how democracy and the power of crowds can overcome the establishment. Power to the people?...
Is this the DIY Xmas number 1!

Is this the DIY Xmas number 1!

Since citizensound set up, we have been providing more and more help to artists: From old school A&R services to fanbase management, from songwriting help to brand sponsorship and revenue generation ideas. Which is why we set up our Artist Development division. Then we met MIA ROSE, a talented singer/songwriter and a youtube phenomenon. Besides...
Perfect Bedfellows

Perfect Bedfellows

DIY culture is throwing up some interested new record labels, that are more than just labels, but are building on the relationship with the visual arts. Home Tapes, based in Portland, Oregon is home to a group of bands and musicians such as left field Hip-Hop stars CYNE and the excellent Slaraffenland, and a bunch...
Dear Musician & Brand  - Is your sound irresistible?

Dear Musician & Brand – Is your sound irresistible?

Robert Wolf, London musician and drumming teacher to my son, is finishing up his album right now. Getting noticed is a big challenge for every musician, but there was something he said to me today that really resonated. He said is is going to make his music sound irresistible How many musicians aim for that?...
Dear musicians – Does album running order matter any more?

Dear musicians – Does album running order matter any more?

Once upon a time, artists struggled with the perfect running order of the songs for the LP (that’s a big round flat bit of plastic that sound came out of when it came in contact with a needle, and often came packaged in hideously/beautifully designed cardboard). Which songs should be on side 1, which on...
And the winner of the 2009 Mercury Music Prize is…

And the winner of the 2009 Mercury Music Prize is…

…Speech Dabelle. Wish I’d had the common sense to put a few quid on this, the citizensound favourite  for this year’s Mercury Music Prize. And YES once again we got it right! Former Mercury Award winner and fellow citizen Paul Martin, who won it with Roni Size Reprazent in ’97 (famously beating Radiohead’s OK Computer)...
See me, Feel me, Touch me, Hear me….

See me, Feel me, Touch me, Hear me….

I admit to being a teenage vinyl junkie. The way the sleeves looked and felt, the way the vinyl sounded, and even smelt, made it a truly sensory experience that became almost a life long obsession. But in the late 80’s, like so many, I was lured by the portability and ease of use of...
The Sensory Experience of a restaurant

The Sensory Experience of a restaurant

Been around for a while but still the concept of a restaurant that shuts off your ability to view food is a splendid thing. The Nocti Vagus restaurant in Berlin provides an  experience of food that demands you to depend on your sense of smell, taste, sound and touch. Much like Gordon Ramsay goes on...
The Sound of a City: Lisbon

The Sound of a City: Lisbon

Spending some time in Lisbon recently. A city that could be defined sonically by the cars rumbling over the bridge, the sound of the Tram bell, or this, the sound of a man calling out for people to buy the lottery ticket near to the fantastic Santa Justa lift…   Lotteria man in lisbon by...
The Sound of Easyjet?

The Sound of Easyjet?

I have been experiencing the highs and lows of easyjet recently. The Easyjet Low: A 1950 flight from Madrid to London Gatwick gets delayed for 70 minutes because the guys checking the tickets at the Gate let on a passenger who was heading to Luton, not Gatwick. It took a while for the ‘extra’ passenger...
Mercury Prize – The Nominees

Mercury Prize – The Nominees

So I woke up and I am supposed to go and check out the nominees for the Mercury Prize, at The Hospital Club, at 11am..do music industry people even wake up before 11am? Kasabian played live right in front of me, while I was still trying to have my morning dose of caffeine, then comes...