Sound Walk Sunday – a chance to globally celebrate outdoor audio, geo-located, immersive performances and sound walks. Sound Walk Sunday was inaugurated at the Made of Walking International Festival at La Romieu, in south west France on the 27 August, 2017. Although it is now passed, we are maintaining and updating the map and directory below – so please choose a ‘walking piece’ to try. If you want to submit a ‘walking piece’ – please click here.
We asked Geoff Sample, acclaimed bird song recordist, and author of the Collins Bird Songs and Calls, to write an appreciation of Sound Walk Sunday and his approach to listening – read it here
Safety is of the utmost importance. These ‘walking pieces’ have been submitted by Third parties. We asked them not to choose hazardous routes, or to include defamatory content. We have not been able to check risks associated with the walks submitted – please take care. When using headphones / smartphone it is all too easy to become so absorbed that you forget about what is happening around you or where you are treading – please act responsibly.
The Sound Walk Sunday directory of walking pieces is set out in the following format: Nearest town or City – Walking piece title – Artist / Producer – Duration – Publication – Category – Description. Click on Walking Piece title to reach the link to the Walking piece.
Before setting out, it is advisable to check whether the ‘walking piece’ is still available for you to use – you may need to download an app or a sound file – so do this where you have a good wifi connection.
SMALL PRINT made large – these ‘walking pieces’ have been submitted by Third parties, we have asked them not to suggest hazardous routes or risky activities, or to include defamatory content. Please act responsibly when using headphones – safety is of utmost importance.
DIY Primer for Soundwalking – John Levack Drever – 60′-90′ – 2017 – listening – Listen! Don’t feel you are being forced to unnaturally supress your other senses – just have a go at temporarily prioritising your sense of hearing.
Follow the Echo – David Tidoni – various – 2016 – listening
Listening Here: Albany, NY – Stephanie Loveless & Cristyn Magnus – variable – 2017 – geo-located, listening – a web-app for mindful listening delivering written instructions that encourage creative engagement with the sounds around you. This is a demo version to be used anywhere, from 1 September it will go live in Albany (see below)
Soundwalk from Home – Hildegard Westerkamp – indeterminate – 1997 – listening
Krems an der Donau – Wauchau Passerby – Nigel Brown – variable – 2015 – audio, listening – an altered perception of sound and environment through the introduction of a foreign body and a moment to reflect. More..
Prague – Walking Sound – Andrea Dancer – 20′ – 2011 – audio, immersive, listening – a soundwalk comprising artistic and musical interventions some of which were recorded for the composition after the fact. More..
Marseilles – Inauguration de Points d’ouïe – desartsonnants – 60-120′ – 2015 – audio, geo-located, immersive – Faisons un PAS – Parcours audio Sensible ensemble, écoutons, choisissons de concert le Point d’ouïe idéal, inaugurons-le ! Encore..
Fruili – through Topolo – Pheobe Riley Law – 27′ – 2017 – listening – Walking to the top of the village, to the forest & back down following the one road linking the village to its neighbours. More..
Saluzzo – Walls – Stijn Demeulenaere – 26′ – 2017 – audio, listening – Walls was commissioned by Art.ur for its PLAY IN project at La Castiglia di Saluzzo, a 12th century castle that was converted into a prison in the late 19th century More..
Marina Bay – “An Umbrella for 2” – Stéphane Marin – 60′ – 2012 – audio – a pair of listeners are invited to discover points of view and points of listening all along their journey through the public space. More..
Abbotsbury – Land Bone and Stone – SATSYMPH – various – 2016 – audio, geo-located – set in the stunning South Dorset Ridgeway area, cited as one of Europe’s finest ancient ceremonial landscapes with its thousands of prehistoric monuments. More..
Bolsover – Ryan – Simon Woolham – 17′ – 2016 – audio, geo-located, immersive – co-walkers walked around different locations, either physically or using Google Maps, guided by the co-walker’s own narrative. More..
Brighton – The Hum – Nic Sandiland – upto 120′ – 2017 – audio, geo-located – half cinema, half reality, the piece weaves together visuals of your location with a specially composed soundtrack on your smartphone. More..
Cambridge – Play the City Now or Never – Idit Nathan and Helen Stratford – upto 120′ – 2017 – audio, geo-located, listening – when was the last time you walked backwards whilst thinking of the future? More..
Cardiff – From street sounds to dance music – Mike Fedeski – 19′ – 2017 – audio – rhythmic mixes of street sounds collected in Grangetown by residents, who were asked to sample distinctive sounds evoking impressions of their neighbourhood. More..
Chippenham – Lacock Unlocked – Richard White – 40′ – 2014 – audio, geo-located – join twentieth century village post master, the real Harry Potter, and eighteenth century innkeeper, Martha Bramham in this walk through time. More..
Isle of Wight – Carnival Trail Companion – Richard White – variable – 2014 – audio, geo-located – each of the sound parks offer a short walk through echoes of carnival accompanied by the thoughts and reflections of carnival organisers. More..
London, Beckenham – Beckenham Place Park Soundwalk – James Wilkie & Daniel Ross, and Elena Terrones-Huet – 45′ – 2017 – audio, geo-located. SoundLab has created a free app to take you on an immersive soundwalk around Beckenham Place Park. It is based on stories gathered and shared by locals.
London, Bethnal Green – The Bethnal Green Disaster Memorial Memoryscape – Toby Butler – 33′ – 2015 – audio, geo-located – interviews with survivors of the disaster at Bethnal Green underground shelter 3rd March 1943. More..
London, Camden – It must have been dark by then – Duncan Speakman – 75′ – 2017 – audio, geo-located, immersive – grab some headphones, choose a route and create a map of stories and sounds on this experimental literary audio walk. More..
London, Camden – Hidden Traces-London – Gabriele Reuter & Mattef Kuhlmey – 60′ – 2016 – audio – all ages tracing the many identities of the ever-changing neighborhood between Euston, St. Pancras and Kings Cross Station in London. More..
London, City – And While London Burns – Platform – variable – 2007 – audio – (Recommended by Andrew Stuck)
London, Greenwich – Dockers – voices from the hidden history of the Thames – Toby Butler – 120′ – 2005 – audio, geo-located. This memoryscape explores the hidden history of London’s docks, once the busiest docks in the world. More..
London, Hampton Court (East Mosley) – Drifting – voices from the hidden history of the Thames – Toby Butler – 120′ – 2005 – audio, geo-located. Cultural historian Toby Butler created a float out of driftwood and flotsam, then spent weeks following the float along the river, guided by the current. Wherever the float collided with the bank, he looked for someone to interview about their life and their relationship with the Thames.
London, Notting Hill – Grenfell Tower Soundmap – Miranda Diboll – 30′ – 2017 – audio, geo-located – capturing the change in audio environment from Notting Hill to North Kensington and the immediate area surrounding the tower. More..
London, Paddington – Exciting New Development Coming Soon – Molly Irwin Clark – 60′ – 2017 – audio, immersive – an invitation to distort your senses, mistrust your perception and question your position. More..
London, Poplar – Memento Trinity Buoy Wharf – Olivia Bellas – 45′ – 2015 – audio – explore a creative quarter in the Docklands where cherry pickers sit alongside artists’ studios, where London’s only lighthouse shines over a 1940’s diner. More..
London, Royal Docks – Ports of Call: Walks of Art at the Royal Docks – Toby Butler – 90′ – 2008 – audio, geo-located. Community based, artist-devised trails around the Royal Docks in East London. Features excerpts from audio recordings made by the project team along with archive recordings from Eastside Community Heritage.
London, Royal Docks – Cody Words Walk – Stephen Shiell – 12′ – 2013 – listening – a composition inspired by the natural, industrial and historical landscapes of the dock that sits on the banks of the River Lea. More..
London, Stratford – East Cast’s East London – Lucia Scazzocchio – 240′ – audio, geo-located – East Cast is a radio show on Resonance FM hear – interviews, features and sound pieces attached to a wide range of different locations all over East London. More..
London, Stratford – Carpenters Road Lock – Penny Wrout – 60′ – audio – from the Aquatics Centre via the waterways around Carpenters Road Lock, talking about the history of the waterways here.
London, Victoria Park – Victoria Park Memoryscape Trail – Toby Butler and Lewis Gibson – 90′ – 2012 – audio, geo-located. History and memory based trail around a major park in East London. Download or audio players available from Victoria Park Visitor’s Centre.
London, Wanstead – Memento Wanstead – Olivia Bellas – 38′ – 2015 – audio – uses oral history recordings to piece together an identity for a public space fused with personal recollection and a nod to the future. More..
Peterborough – Play the City Now or Never – Idit Nathan and Helen Stratford – upto 120′ – 2015 – audio, geo-located, listening – when was the last time you walked backwards whilst thinking of the future? More..
Southend – Play the City Now or Never – Idit Nathan and Helen Stratford – upto 120′ – 2016 – audio, geo-located, listening – when was the last time you walked backwards whilst thinking of the future? More..
Southend – Net Park – Simon Poulter – variable – 2015 audio, geo-located, immersive, listening – a series of locative projects curated by Simon Poulter and developed by Metal with assistance from the Digital R&D Fund. More..
New York, Albany – Listening Here: Albany, NY – Stephanie Loveless & Cristyn Magnus – variable – 2017 – geo-located, listening – a web-app for mindful listening delivering written instructions that encourage creative engagement with the sounds around you, inspired by input from people who live in, work in, or visit Albany, NY. Available from 1 September
New York, Troy – Riverfront Park Soundwalk – Andrea Williams – 20′ – 2014 – audio, listening – Musical elements, soundscapes and the actual environment intermingle in this soundwalk that is one of seven destinations that are part of the overall Troy Waterways Project. More..
Louisiana, New Orleans – Walking the Treme – Denise Altobello – 60′ – 2016 – audio, geo-located – the birthplace of jazz, boasts a history of civil rights activism and jazz rhythms that lingers and inspires all who wander it. More..
Nevada, Black Rock City – Before We Burn – Sara Zaltash – 60′ – 2017 – listening – taking Burning Man participants on a walk of the playa, before it is fully populated by Burners for the 2017 event. Walking for one hour, blindfolded. Recording the sound of the hour of walking, and sharing this recording online.
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If you would like to submit a “walking piece” – please use the form you will find here.
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We would like to acknowledge support in kind from Grant Waters at Anderson Acoustics. Grant is a team member of the Tranquil City project – check out there map of London’s calmer spaces.