archaeology of sound

Now you can listen to the sound of 18th-century Paris while virtually strolling through its meandering streets.


A team of researchers at the musicology department of the université Lumière Lyon 2 (including archeologists, sociologists, ethnologists, historians, and computer experts) has created a 3D reconstruction of a section of Paris by the Seine that includes the ambiant noises of the city life, based on a meticulous analysis of historic documents.

The video shows the Grand Châtelet, the Pont au Change, the Pont Notre-Dame, the rue de la Pelleterie, and the quai de Gesvres right by the Seine.

In addition to the streets and the architecture, you can see the river pump and the houses that once stood on the bridges.

You can read more about this project here (in French)