The Soundscape of Nashville, TN

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Have you visited the bells at Bicentennial? | Photo by NASHtoday

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What is ASMR? It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response — a feeling of well-being caused by a specific stimulus, like a sound.

There are certain sounds you’ll hear around Nashville that will either have you wondering “what was that?” or offer you a sense of place. Whether it’s the whizzing of cars on Demonbreun Street or dogs barking at one of the 615’s 100+ parks, these ambient noises give our city life.

While much of the downtown area is dominated by honks and the hum of city traffic, there are a few sounds that are uniquely Nashville. Let’s take a look at some of those, and how they make us feel at home.

🔔 Ring a ling

  • You don’t need Alexa to hear that sweet Tennessee song. The bells at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, located in a carillon (or tower), hum the tune every hour + ring on the quarter hour until 11 p.m. each night.

🎶 Play me a tune

🏗️ Crane you hear it

  • The sounds of construction might seem like a nuisance, but they are the sounds of a growing city. One project we’re keeping close eyes on is Nashville Yards — a venture bringing together a staggering 400,000+ sqft of retail and entertainment.

We’ve got a really big team

  • Er, should we say teams. And we have a lot to brag about. GEODIS Park opened this year as the largest soccer-specific stadium in the US (cue the crowd goes wild); the Titans could hit some new turf if plans for a new ~$2.2 billion stadium go through; and the Nashville Sounds were holding the No. 2 spot for total attendance in Minor League Baseball back in April.
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