Audio Tours for iPod/MP3 Players Launched by Audissey Guides » read source
Audissey Guides announced the launch of the newest addition to their iPod audio walking. Audissey Guides tours are narrated by local fixtures in each city's social scene, offering an interesting alternative to checking out a city. It and can be taken at one’s own pace and at one’s own time using an iPod or MP3 Player
"This is a new way to travel -- to let your iPod become your tour guide," said the Founder of Audissey Guides, Rob Pyles. "The ambient sound effects, the eclectic soundtrack, and the narrator's voice -- they combine to give you insider access into the soul of a city. It's something a tourist can't experience any other way. And the best part is you don't look like a tourist -- people just think you're listening to your iPod."
The New Orleans Audissey, a 16-stop, hour-long tour, is narrated by Brent Baudean, a New Orleans native of Cajun Creole descent - a 22-year old sidewalk poet, musician, tour guide and self-professed "Quarter Rat" (the moniker for hipsters in the French Quarter). The tour starts with Baudean beckoning guests to "walk the city with me, my city, my New Orleans”.
Baudean veers off the beaten track of Bourbon Street to such places as a bar where you can order an absinthe, Saint Anthony's Garden, and Baudean's favorite corner grocery store. Visitors can as well meet a voodoo priestess, and explore the streets of Lower Decatur and the Marigny. The New Orleans Audissey features an original soundtrack - a mix of jazz, electronic, Dixieland, and Goth.
The Miami Beach Audissey, also a 16-stop, hour-long tour, is narrated by Miami local Claudia Verela.
Strolling down Ocean Drive, she takes you for drinks at some of her favorite bars -- a tasty mojito or perhaps a popsicle martini- while stopping along the way to point out great people-watching spots and art deco buildings.
The Boston Audissey: Hidden Sites of Beantown, a 21-stop tour, leads visitors down mysterious alleys and cobblestone streets to reveal hidden treasures, secret stories, and local finds. A motley crew of Boston natives narrate the tour, from FBI agents to local authors, and give you the inside story on their hometown.
The Chicago Audissey
The 18-stop tour is narrated by renowned hip-hop poet, poetry slam champion and Chi-town native Kevin Coval. Coval leads visitors and residents on a lyrical journey through the heart of Chicago. The Chicago Audissey also features an original soundtrack, inspired by the city of Chicago.
The Seattle Audissey
The 20-stop tour offers visitors an insider's look into the people, places and personality of "The Jewel of the Northwest". The host narrator on the tour is DJ Michele Myers, host of the popular radio show "Nite Life" and gives travelers the inside scoop on her hometown. The tour starts in Pioneer Square, weaving in and out of buildings, bars, and even basements. A ride on the bus is part of the journey, helping the listener to mix with local people, before exploring Post Alley and, finally, Pike Place Market.
Audissey Guides is a new form of travel - iPod audio tours that feature local narrators, original music, and creative sound design. Put in your ear buds and follow the voice of the narrators, hip-hop poets to bikini models, who guide you off the tourist trail through their hometown. Audissey Guides offers audio tours through New Orleans, Miami Beach, Boston, Seattle, and Chicago.