In the moment, protest chants are immensely powerful, and 'Protests and Politics' by the 'Cities and Memories' project aims to record those sounds for posterity. The new effort collects and groups various chants and sounds from protests around the world, letting people search by city or by protest subject.
Attending a protest feels like a monumental moment while in it, but the events are ephemeral by their very nature. Once those bodies and voices disperse, it can almost feel as though the protest never happened -- and that impermanence is potentially damage to the causes at hand. Protests and Politics serves as an avenue for keeping the flame burning even once the protest itself has ended.
The project makes all the sounds freely available, so artists are welcomed to use them for soundscapes and musical productions.
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