Sound Walk

Sound Walk

Street Flowers - Urban Survivors: Sound Walk
28 May 2012

This walk was organised as a part of the Community Media Applications and Participation programme (COMAPP). It began at 5.30 am outside the Media Centre on St. Peter's Campus and was part of an on-going series of projects I am working on called Street Flowers – Urban Survivors of the Privileged Land (see Civic and AV Festival under Current Projects on this website for more information).

This walk was organised as a part of the Community Media Applications and Participation programme (COMAPP). It began at 5.30 am outside the Media Centre on St. Peter's Campus. The reason for starting so early was to enable us to catch the dawn chorusFrom the Media Centre, we walked along the north bank of the River Wear, over the Queen Alexander Bridge, then along the south bank of the river, crossing the Wearmouth Bridge, finishing at the Glass Centre with breakfast in the pod. This walk was part of an on-going series of projects I am working on called Street Flowers – Urban Survivors of the Privileged Land (see Civic and AV Festival under Current Projects on this website for more information).

 

The walk was led by Keith Bowey (BSc Hons, MSc) who has over 25 years experience working in nature conservation and the field of ecology, and myself, along with Caroline Mitchell, Mike Pinchin and Anne Curtis.  

 

At the end of walk, and whilst we were having breakfast in the pod at the Glass Centre, I gave everyone a print  as a memento of the walk (see image below). The text on the print is from an entry in my notebook which I made after the last walk along the same route made on 25th March for the AV Festival. I have also attached a list of the flora and fauna we saw and heard on this walk.

 

COMAPP is training Spark volunteers and people in community settings (e.g. teachers, community workers, youth workers) in digital skills and new ways of using radio and audio to create web based tours, ‘apps’ and  topic focused interactive maps, for example: historical sites, local places of interest, playgrounds. When the walk finished, participants took part in COMAPP's first course (run by Caroline Mitchell, Mike Pinchin (at the University of Sunderland) and Anne Curtis of Shoogly where we used the River Wear as the focus of an interactive sound map and we  explored training methods and creative techniques for making maps and media ‘apps’ in educational and  community settingsThe Course content included:developing listening skills and ‘sound walking'; Using smart phones to record content;  writing for and making ’apps’ that can be used in community settings, and how to use ‘OpenStreetMap’ software to make a multimedia interactive map including text, pictures and audio/video. By the end of this intensive two-day course students had created a new soundscape app. for smartphones to be used along the banks of the River Wear.

 

Comapp Sunderland is working in partnership with the University of Education Freiburg developing work in 'Multimedia and the public sphere'. Other partners include University Communication Department in Lodz, Poland, radio stations in Hungary and Finland and community/cultural projects in Germany and Spain.

 

Using material from this and previous Street Flowers walks, I presented a paper in Quebec on June 15th at the conference Touristic Highways, Byeways and Cultural Itineraries: From Memory to Development (June 13th - 15th). A copy of the PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded as a PDF on this page (see on the right hand side)

This walk was organised as a part of the Community Media Applications and Participation programme (COMAPP). It began at 5.30 am outside the Media Centre on St. Peter's Campus. The reason for starting so early was to enable us to catch the dawn chorusFrom the Media Centre, we walked along the north bank of the River Wear, over the Queen Alexander Bridge, then along the south bank of the river, crossing the Wearmouth Bridge, finishing at the Glass Centre with breakfast in the pod. This walk was part of an on-going series of projects I am working on called Street Flowers – Urban Survivors of the Privileged Land (see Civic and AV Festival under Current Projects on this website for more information).

 

The walk was led by Keith Bowey (BSc Hons, MSc) who has over 25 years experience working in nature conservation and the field of ecology, and myself, along with Caroline Mitchell, Mike Pinchin and Anne Curtis.  

 

At the end of walk, and whilst we were having breakfast in the pod at the Glass Centre, I gave everyone a print  as a memento of the walk (see image below). The text on the print is from an entry in my notebook which I made after the last walk along the same route made on 25th March for the AV Festival. I have also attached a list of the flora and fauna we saw and heard on this walk.

 

COMAPP is training Spark volunteers and people in community settings (e.g. teachers, community workers, youth workers) in digital skills and new ways of using radio and audio to create web based tours, ‘apps’ and  topic focused interactive maps, for example: historical sites, local places of interest, playgrounds. When the walk finished, participants took part in COMAPP's first course (run by Caroline Mitchell, Mike Pinchin (at the University of Sunderland) and Anne Curtis of Shoogly where we used the River Wear as the focus of an interactive sound map and we  explored training methods and creative techniques for making maps and media ‘apps’ in educational and  community settingsThe Course content included:developing listening skills and ‘sound walking'; Using smart phones to record content;  writing for and making ’apps’ that can be used in community settings, and how to use ‘OpenStreetMap’ software to make a multimedia interactive map including text, pictures and audio/video. By the end of this intensive two-day course students had created a new soundscape app. for smartphones to be used along the banks of the River Wear.

 

Comapp Sunderland is working in partnership with the University of Education Freiburg developing work in 'Multimedia and the public sphere'. Other partners include University Communication Department in Lodz, Poland, radio stations in Hungary and Finland and community/cultural projects in Germany and Spain.

 

Using material from this and previous Street Flowers walks, I presented a paper in Quebec on June 15th at the conference Touristic Highways, Byeways and Cultural Itineraries: From Memory to Development (June 13th - 15th). A copy of the PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded as a PDF on this page (see on the right hand side)