Monchique Sound Map

In this Monchique Sound Map, Carlos Norton takes us to the warm sounds of a South at its (un)limits. We revisit Rua Direita, land in the still, concentrated silence of a school classroom and run through the thousand daily activities that criss-cross the streets of Monchique. The (un) limits are poetic: you can hear the sound of classical music as well as autumn acorns falling downhill.

01. On Sundays, some producers sell produce from their gardens. Once, all the land was productive. Today, everything is a little different. Data info: 08/10/23; 11:28; Latitude: 37.318367; Longitude: -8.555091; Microphone: Roland CS-10em. Listen here.

02. Once a month, every second Friday, the market is set up for various sales. While many years ago the market was the stuff of envy, today it’s a little more modest, but still offers plants for the gardens, animals and clothes. Data info: 13/10/23; 08:15; Latitude: 37.318883; Longitude: -8.552209; Microphone: Roland CS-10em. Listen here.

03. Monchique’s Church is central to the town. Built in the 15th/16th centuries, it is emblematic for its Manueline portico. The recording was made on a rainy afternoon at the entrance to the church, where a 4-hand piano concert by Jeferson Mello and Svetlana Bakushina was taking place as part of the VilaNova festival. Data info: 07/11/23; 16:30; Latitude: 37.318925; Longitude: -8.555773; Microphone: Roland CS-10em. Listen here.

04. Largo dos Chorões is one of the noblest areas of the town. As it is the widest, it was logically here that the largest gatherings took place. Today, it is a restaurant and shopping area, crossed by the main road artery. Data info: 15/11/23; 15:45; Latitude: 37.317917; Longitude: -8.556041; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

05. From the viewpoint, you can see and hear practically the whole town of Monchique. Data info: 15/11/2023; 15:55; Latitude: 37.317077; Longitude: -8.555054; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

06. A tour of foreigners arrives at the bus stop. The ground is littered with dried plantain leaves. Data info: 17/11/23; 09:50; Latitude: 37.318231; Longitude: -8.555215; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

07. Jardim da Vila is a refuge in a quiet village. Sound recorded under a monumental tree. Data info: 17/11/23; 10:00; Latitude: 37.318101; Longitude: -8.554783; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

08. Water is a central element in Monchique. In the village garden, water sounds from every corner. Data info: 17/11/23; 10:05; Latitude: 37.317842; Longitude: -8.554779; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

09. Inside the village, in the garden, elements of the city and the countryside intersect. Data info: 17/11/23; 10:10; Latitude: 37.318137; Longitude: -8.553269; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

10. In the center of town, the post office, the St. António gallery. The conversations, the passing cars. Data info: 17/11/23; 10:15; Latitude: 37.319677; Longitude: -8.555421; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

11. It doesn’t have that name anymore, but it will always be Rua Direita. From the Church of Senhor dos Passos to Porto Fundo, in between, Monchique Town Hall. Data info: 17/11/23; 10:30; Latitude: 37.320365; Longitude: -8.555768; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

12. Rua do Revez Quente is another viewpoint over the town. Below, the fire station, the school and the market. In the background, Picota. Data info: 17/11/23; 10:35; Latitude: 37.319989; Longitude: -8.5554932; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

13. The chimney has a very special place in Algarve culture. But it’s not even possible to talk about a traditional Algarvian chimney, as there are countless forms throughout the region. Monchique has one of the most refined. The skirt chimney. Data collected: 18/11/23; 09;30: Latitude: 37.316081; Longitude: -8.554441; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

14. It wouldn’t even be a village if it didn’t have a football pitch. Recording made on the 60th anniversary of Juventude Desportiva Monchiquense. Data info: 18/11/23; 09:45; Latitude: 37.321775; Longitude: -8.550657; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

15. At the northern tip of Monchique is Mata Porcas. The Mata Porcas Fountain is a quiet spot, with water gushing out, in front of another monumental tree. Data info: 18/11/23; 10:00; Latitude: 37.323323; Longitude: -8.558392; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

16. The Convent of Nossa Senhora do Desterro was founded in 1631. Today, it doesn’t have the splendor of the old days, but it’s a must-see, even on the way. In the autumn, you can hear the acorns falling from the cork oaks. Data info: 18/11/23; 10:10; Latitude: 37.319916; Longitude: -8.558821; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

17. The town of Monchique has some very hidden places with a certain preserved soul, such as Rua do Castelo. Places where residents often leave their front doors open. Data info: 18/11/23; 10:25; Latitude: 37.318918; Longitude: -8.557745; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

18. Many of Monchique’s nooks and crannies are made up of small encounters, conversations, combinations. Without haste, with the passage of time accompanied by the water in the washbasins. Data info: 18/11/23; 10:30; Latitude: 37.317863; Longitude: -8.558377; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

19. Next to the cemetery is the Chapel of São Sebastião. Once built at the entrance to the village, today it embraces the whole town in front of it. Data info: 18/11/23; 10:40; Latitude: 37.317088; Longitude: -8.556567; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

20. Built in 1680, the Capela do Pé da Cruz was the first place to welcome visitors to Monchique, arriving via the main access road from Portimão. Today it stands unnoticed between a traffic circle, gas stations, a department store and cafés. Data info: 18/11/23; 11:10; Latitude: 37.312322; Longitude: -8.555375; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

21. Motor scooters are a ubiquitous sound element in Monchique. In this case, cleaning the playground of the EB1 school. Data info: 22/11/23; 11:15; Latitude: 37.320873; Longitude: -8.553144; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

22. The N266 crosses Monchique. The exit heading north to Alentejo is under the Health Center, formerly the Monchique Hospital. The wind in the trees mixes with some cars and rural sounds. Data info: 22/11/23; 11:20; Latitude: 37.322305; Longitude: -8.552641; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

23. Visiting Monchique means visiting Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve at 902 meters. At the start of the ascent to Fóia is the end of the village, the Bairro Azul, from where you swing between the top of the mountain and the village below. Data info: 22/11/23; 11:35; Latitude: 37.314088; Longitude: -8.558394; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

24. Everything intersects here. The road to Portimão, or to Fóia, or to and from the center. Supermarket, stationery store, inn, pastry shop, monument to the combatants. Everything on the move. Data info: 23/11/23; 11:55; 37.316064; Longitude: -8.555573; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

25. A new area of the town, S. Roque, where tranquillity prevails right on the doorstep of a school. Data info: 23/11/23; 12:10; Latitude: 37.317726; Longitude: -8.551678; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

26. At a single point: market, school, fire station, municipal swimming pools. Data info: 23/11/23; 12:20; Latitude: 37.319497; Longitude: -8.554363; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

27. There was once a pillory here. A small square, in front of the Misericórdia Church, is a peaceful spot, worthy of being featured on a postcard. Data info: 23/11/23; 12:35; Latitude: 37.319287; Longitude: -8.556197; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

28. It was once possible to get around by car. Today it is the most emblematic street in the whole town. Pedestrianized, with stone steps in the middle, it is home to various establishments and is a must for passing through and stopping off. Data info: 23/11/23; 12:40; Latitude: 37.318758; Longitude: -8.556405; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

29. It used to be Rua Direita, now it’s Samora Gil. It will always be the route where people walk, talk and arrange meetings. Data info: 23/11/23; 12:45; Latitude: 37.319703; Longitude: -8.556163; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

30. Shoes and footwear were once made here. Then less, just repairs. Now the memories echo. Data info: 23/11/23; 12;50; Latitude: 37.319577; Longitude: -8.556527; Microphone: AT BP4025. Listen here.

Technical file: collection of sounds, images and texts by Carlos Norton.

Published on 30/11/2023

LOCALIZAÇÃO

LOCAL: Faro

LATITUDE: 37.3188056

LONGITUDE: -8.5533456