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#RIO: The Pitter Patter of Heavy Traffic

We're wandering around the port area of Rio on a sunny afternoon.

A large motorway fly-over dominates the scene. It follows the curves of the city centre waterfront before scissoring through a once-desirable neighbourhood to the north.

As traffic passes overhead, the vehicles disturb a slab or metal plate - making a curious pitter patter sound down below.

This flyover will be torn down as part of the Olympic regeneration and the whole area will be regenerated - whatever that means (Barcelona Port Olimpic, anyone?).

As I stand there - arm aloft, recording the sound overhead - I wonder... Should acoustic ecology also be concerned with preserving urban 'noise' before it disappears?

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