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Beyond the Bassline: 500 Years of UK Black Music

SST is pleased to report on a ground-breaking exhibition at the British Library in London. In recent years Black music culture has received more curatorial attention than ever before. This exhibition is a welcome contribution to that trend. Though the show does not focus on sound systems in particular, it provides a uniquely valuable story […]

  • Posted on 11 June 2024
  • by Guest Author
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Investigando con proposito en Urabá, Colombia.

Una rama importante de la investigación de SST en Colombia se concentra en Urabá, en el noroeste del país. Desde el 2021, el colectivo Urabá Sound System está luchando por el reconocimiento del picó (el sistema de sonido autóctono del Caribe colombiano) como una herramienta comunitaria poderosa para fomenter la cohesión social, facilitando el proceso […]

  • Posted on 5 June 2024
  • by Brian D'Aquino
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Researching with Purpose in Urabá, Colombia Pt. 1

A significant branch of the SST research effort in Colombia is focused on Urabá, in the Northwestern part of the country.  Since 2021, the Urabá Sound System collective has been pushing for the cultural recognition of the picó (the home-grown sound system of the Colombian Caribbean) as a powerful community tool for implementing social cohesion […]

  • Posted on 30 May 2024
  • by Brian D'Aquino
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Events

Beyond the Bassline: 500 Years of UK Black Music

SST is pleased to report on a ground-breaking exhibition at the British Library in London. In recent years Black music culture has received more curatorial attention than ever before. This exhibition is a welcome contribution to that trend. Though the show does not focus on sound systems in particular, it provides a uniquely valuable story […]

  • Posted on 11 June 2024
  • by Guest Author
  • Read More

Investigando con proposito en Urabá, Colombia.

Una rama importante de la investigación de SST en Colombia se concentra en Urabá, en el noroeste del país. Desde el 2021, el colectivo Urabá Sound System está luchando por el reconocimiento del picó (el sistema de sonido autóctono del Caribe colombiano) como una herramienta comunitaria poderosa para fomenter la cohesión social, facilitando el proceso […]

  • Posted on 5 June 2024
  • by Brian D'Aquino
  • Read More

Sonic map

Launched in September 2022, the Sonic Map aims to provide an extensive coverage of different type of sound systems operating across the globe. It focuses on the three main elements which make an SST: the sound technologies employed, the crew which operates them, and the environment in which they operate. It aims to give exposure to the diverse but equally vibrant street sonic cultures, allow comparison between different SST, foster mutual recognition and cross-fertilisation between practitioners and aficionados from different backgrounds, and provide fellow researchers and academic institutions with a glimpse of what is currently happening out on the streets.

The Sonic Map is an open-project which relies on the crucial collaboration of the SST communities involved. If you know, own or operate an SST which is not currently listed on the map, or if you notice some amendments needed in an existing entry, please contribute!

Sonic Street Technologies (SST) is a European Research Council (ERC) funded research project (2021 – 2025)

The project aims to map the distribution and history of these SST worldwide; to investigate the social, economic and cultural conditions from which they are born; and to achieve a deeper understanding of the nature of technology itself and its uses for social and economic progress.