Audible Cartography of a Formerly Divided City
The chapter investigates auditory socialization mirrored in the ambient sounds of East and West Berlin, before and after 1989. These two urban entities produced different typical city sounds, according to rules of technical and industrial design, media taste, and local accents. Based on a series of interviews with residents of former East and West Berlin, this chapter argues that each side of Berlin had a unique sound, one that resonates with personal memory and is closely linked to national identity. Fountains, traffic sounds, the Friedrichstraße train station, and the Berlin Wall serve as four examples that illustrate the divergent acoustic identities of formerly divided Germany.
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