Taking A Head Trip

A hip audio tour series turns walking around into a listening experience

Most audio tours can put you to sleep on your feet with their bored-sounding narrators and long lists of dry facts. By contrast, Soundwalk CDs--a hip series of audio walking tours--are like movies you can stroll through. The Soundwalk brand features cinematic sound effects, cool music and colorful insights from neighborhood locals. Since 2002, Soundwalk has produced nine 50-min. audio tour CDs, including ones for the St. Germain des Pres district in Paris and discs that explore areas in New York City, including Chinatown and the meat-packing district. Says Stephan Crasneanscki, Soundwalk's founder: "Rather than bring my friends and relatives to...