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This Instantly Nostalgic Video Lets You Listen to Everyday Sounds From Melbourne's CBD

If you've been missing train announcements, crossing signals and the beep when you touch on your Myki.
By Sarah Ward
October 15, 2020
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This Instantly Nostalgic Video Lets You Listen to Everyday Sounds From Melbourne's CBD

If you've been missing train announcements, crossing signals and the beep when you touch on your Myki.
By Sarah Ward
October 15, 2020
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Before 2020 sent Melburnians into lockdown not once but twice, you probably didn't pay much attention to the city's soundscape. You heard it, of course — the wind rustling through the streets, the chiming from Melbourne Central's giant clock and all those tram announcements, for instance — but, because it was always just there, we're guessing you weren't spending your time thinking about it.

At this point in this chaotic year, however, you've probably found yourself missing all the things that you previously took for granted. And that includes the beep when you touch on your Myki, the squawks of birds by the river, the constant train station messages and those buzzing crossing signal noises.

While Melbourne residents aren't currently permitted to venture any further than five kilometres from home, and can only leave the house for a select number of reasons, a new video compilation has brought together all the above sounds for you to experience at home. Available on Instagram thanks to @whereiskapa, it provides a window into everyday Melbourne life — as it was pre-March, at least — via the sights and noises that you used to see and hear everyday.

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Sounds of Melbourne 🇦🇺

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The video is brief, but it'll instantly make you feel nostalgic. If that same sensation saw you buy tram-seat inspired socks earlier in the year, then you have the perfect thing to wear while you're watching.

For those keen to check out a short flick about everyday life through the latest bout of restrictions, you can also watch nine-minute-long documentary Iso-Cray: A Story of Melbourne Locked Down.

Top image: Global Panorama via Flickr.

Published on October 15, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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