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A slightly hidden feature of the new Google My Maps service is the ability to embed video directly within the map. Using the ‘edit html’ option you can simply cut and paste any embed tag from YouTube or Google Video.

The ability to include video, and therefore audio, combined with path overlays lends itself to visualising our Audio and Perception of Urban Space posts.

To recap – Our perception of urban space is based on sight, smell, sound and to some extent touch. Portable music became main stream in 1979 with the introduction of the Sony Walkman and with it came a change to the way we perceive the space around us. By filtering out the natural and man made sounds of the city we are able to immerses ourselves in an alternative reality of our choosing.

The rise of the Ipod has placed this change of perception at our fingertips and the choice of music directly affects the way we perceive the city space. In our example within Google Maps you can view our route taken with audio from the House of Love…

View our Google My Maps with embedded YouTube (click the Audio and Perception of the City layer and then play within the video)

To create your own map go to Google Maps and select My Maps.


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