My recent PhD explored the potential of soundwalking methodology as a means of esearch. Future research will involve staging new soundwalks as well as revisiting old sites. To find out more contact email
Photo credit: Mickey Lee for Nine Elms on
the South Bank
Several OpenCity soundwalks have been composed with an
independent experience in mind, created in short sections to
enable participants to synchronise the recording with
landmarks along their walk. Some have also been made using
smartphone apps. For further details click here
Image credit: Louis Niedojadlo
The soundwalk medium has potential as a
critical tool for exploring our human environment, but
also in gaining a deeper appreciation of our shared
environment, in relation to acoustic ecology, and adoption of
a more responsible position towards it.
The medium can also be applied to the processes of
perception, of the art experience itself, and of the
artist/audience relationship. I have used it to probe such
subjects the English countryside, failed utopias,
post-industrial ruination, and the role of the tour guide.
At root, a soundwalk provides a stark reminder of time
passing and the processes of change.
The soundwalk experience shares
significant features with cinema, such as in the
co-constructive relationship between sound and image and
the taking of imaginative journeys into other worlds.
Beyond the auditorium screen, a soundwalk provides a far
less bounded, even panoramic perspective, placing the
participant in a specific setting within which they may be
taken through diverse (and possibly contradictory) states.
There is also potential for the soundwalk to be applied as
a means of engendering understanding between
communities through the creation of dialogic space. I have
already witnessed its capacity to provide agency for
people, in particular those who are currently
marginalised, through which they might explore their own
relationship with place and self-/shared identity?
If you are interested in developing these or related ideas
then contact me