Eventhough I really don’t consider shopping malls public spaces, they’re more like privatized space open to the public during certain hours, I do think that they especially in urbanized areas work as social venues.
Being intrested in sounds as I am what often strikes me in shopping malls like these is the owners attempt to control the soundscape. This is in my experience mainly done through architectural design, muzak and advertisements over a PA as well as the constant presence of authority (guards).

Mobilia is a rather small mall in the southern outskirts of central Malmö, containing shops of various sizes as well as a dining area consisting of several restaurants and a café.
The shops encircles the dining area making it a simple task to go straight from eating to shopping and the other way around

I mainly focused on the dining area when recording but also made a soundwalk circling it. The reason for this is that this area is pretty much the only place to sit down in (except a few benches and a small coffee shop at one of entrances) especially if you are a group of people.
As there are several restaurants sharing the same seatings this area is very noisy, you don’t feel relaxed sitting here for a longer period of time.

Dining area

Please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording.

When walking around the music from the PA blends with different kinds of tunes spilling out from the various shops around you creating a rather chaotic soundscape. The only ways to escape this is by either walking into a shop and get devoured by its own sounds, finding one of the rare quiet spots, using a mp3-player or by leaving the mall.

Soundwalk

Please use headphones when listening to this quasi-binaural recording.

Geek note: Soundman OKM-II Classic -> Sony PCM-D50

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