Sant Adrià Sonora is a sociocultural project that aims to document the different spaces of the Sant Adrià de Besòs city (Barcelona) through its sound record in 3D technology.

The aim is to build a georeferenced sound library of the soundscapes, which serves as a documentary archive, facilitating the work of pedagogues, artists, historians and other researchers, as well as public access to people who may be interested or curious about This cultural heritage of the city.

Why Sant Adrià?

Sant Adrià de Besòs has been chosen as the city shown for its geographic enclave, size and socio-spatial diversity. It belongs to the second largest conurbation (in number of inhabitants) of Spain, bordering the city of Barcelona. With its 36,624 inhabitants, according to data from the Institut d'Estadistica de Catalunya for the year 2017, it has the average size of the cities of Spain, so it is a perfect example to represent the rest of the country's municipalities. Being objectively comprehensible to carry out an in-depth work. It is, also, interesting because it presents a socio-spatial diversity, finding residential, natural areas, gardens, squares, playgrounds, sports spaces, educational, health, walks, highway, beach , fluvial park, zones and industrial zone...



Why a sound landscape project?

There was a time when our hunting ancestors needed to sharpen all their senses, since subsistence depended on it. Over time we have been losing this vital need, becoming primarily visual animals. With this work we want to contribute by reversing this loss, recovering part of what, in essence, we are.

On the other hand, studies of the sound of a city basically focus on the concept of noise and the inconvenience caused, but there are few (nonexistent in Sant Adrià de Besòs) the projects dedicated to sound landscapes representative of our society. This type of projects are necessary for a patrimonial issue, especially relevant for blind people, just as there are photographic archives, but they are also because they allow comparative studies (temporal and spatial) of the different wave frequencies produced by sound . For this it is necessary to make the recordings with the appropriate equipment and catalog them georeferencially, with their corresponding date and time. Sant Adrià would become a benchmark for this model of projects.

Landscape archive accessible to the blind

The photographs are a relevant graphic instrument because they illustrate and document what our streets, squares, parties are like..., becoming, over time, a faithful historical representation of our society. They constitute an essential consulting tool for historians, as well as a nostalgic reminder document for all others. Sant Adrià Sonora wants to be accessible and useful photography for every blind person with scientific or personal interest.


The project is designed to record and catalog the different sound spaces of the city, at different times and seasons, which is why it will be extended over a year in its first stage (which will include the ten phases listed at the end of this page), although the need for temporary continuity is contemplated.

Patrimonial document

The result of the project will generate a set of georeferenced sound documents that will reflect the different spaces of the city, evidencing the coexistence/conflicts between people and space. The objective is to offer the result to the City Council for its preservation, integration in a virtual map, public access and diffusion, forming part of the Isabel Rojas Castroverde municipal archive or a digital sound library, as a sound heritage of the city. Likewise, the sound recording of the project with 3D technology is focused on future decontextualized installations for its enjoyment and reflection, which could take place in cultural venues of the city itself and of other possibly interested ones.

Project phases

  1. Design of the project
  2. Creation of the official website.
  3. Search for financing.
  4. Contact with the entities of the city.
  5. Purchase of the necessary material.
  6. Recording process.
  7. 2D and 3D edition.
  8. Cataloging
  9. Integration in an interactive digital map.
  10. Public sound projections.

Who is behind the project?

Sant Adrià Sonora is a personal project. My name is Juan Carril Márquez. You can meet me by entering my website: www.juancarrilmarquez.com

The project needs your help

The project is not financed by public or private entities and its economic investment (budgeted at € 3,136 for the acquisition of recording material) requires the collaboration of people who make it possible. If you want to contribute, you can find out how to do it by going to the Donations page.