Corby Walking Festival

We now have a new version of the Echo Location Sound map… created by Kathy Hinde and Ed Holroyd. There are some new features including the possibility to choose a ‘focus place’ which are based on where specific echo location soundmapping activities have taken place. Of course, you can add sounds anywhere and at any time, but we also are keen to make connections with people on a local level, and run sound recording walks to build a sound map of particular places.. so far we have Bedford and Corby area… more to follow.

For the 2013 Corby Walking Festival, Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts commissioned artists Kathy Hinde and Aaron Head to work with walkers and members of the public to turn walked routes into musical instruments.

Aaron Head lead walks where members of the public recorded sounds from the locations they traversed. After uploading the geo-tagged sounds to Hinde’s Echo Location website, participants played the online interface like a sequencer, effectively turning the walked routes into instruments.

Hinde’s Echo Location sound map is a participatory online and offline artwork that combines walking, listening, audio ecology, social networking and graphic scores. For the festival Hinde developed the map to specifically cover Corby and surrounding area.

Walks:-

Sunday 5 May 2013
A 3 mile sound mapping walk to Lyveden New Bield from the Skylark Café, Fermyn Woods Country Park.

Monday 6 May 2013
Peripatetic walks around East Carlton Countryside Park as part of the Corby Walking Festival Funday.

Aaron Head also worked with students from Woodnewton Primary School to populate the map in and around their school grounds.

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Installation at The Pad – this Saturday

Bedford Creative Arts are taking over The Pad for a couple of hours before the usual Saturday night madness with an interactive installation by Artist Kathy Hinde of the Echo Location project, which has seen groups of Bedfordians mapping the town through sound recording.  This installation uses surround sound and projection and invites you to draw sound lines across maps of Bedford to generate your own sound compositions from the sounds of the town.
Kathy Hinde is an Internationally renowned multimedia artist who has recently collaborated with Will Gregory (one half of the chart-topping duo, Goldfrapp) at London’s South Bank. Her work has been featured across Europe, South America and South East Asia and sound plays an important part of her work. In fact, it’s Bedford’s cultural diversity and bustling weekend activity that gave her no hesitation in accepting BCA’s invitation to premiere her Echo Location event in the town.

This event is free to attend, so if you fancy something a little different from your Saturday night, pop down – It will be far more interesting than spending an hour in one of the high st pubs!

Anyone attending is also free to stay for the usual LOADED night and saves you a trip out into the cold too..


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Listening Walks: November 2011 – sign up!

The next Bedford Listening Walks with Kathy Hinde and Bedford Artist, Aaron Head, are now available for bookings. Record the sounds you hear, some familiar, some unusual, on our simple to use digital mini-recorders. No experience is necessary. Your sounds will be uploaded to the Echo Location soundmap and also form part of other Echo Location artworks.

Wednesday November 9th 1pm  - 4pm
Saturday November 12th 1pm- 4pm

Meeting Venue: Bedford Creative Arts

Please dress according to the weather, wearing comfortable footwear.

To book: email info@bedfordcreativearts.org.uk outlining which walk you would like to attend or call us on 01234 818670
Children over 12 are welcome if accompanied and supervised by an adult.

 

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Echo Location Installation at The Pad, Bedford

Kathy Hinde has been working with the sounds of Bedford to create an interactive installation using 4 channel sound and projection. This will be open to the public on Saturday December 10th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at The Pad, Bedford. Kathy will be giving a short talk about the development of the work at 8:00pm.

Come and interact with the installation to immerse yourself in the Bedford soundscape. This installation builds on and further develops Kathy’s piece ‘Soundlines‘ created in Ghent, Belgium earlier this year. In this work, the user can draw onto a map of Ghent to reveal underwater recordings…. here is a taster…

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Echo Location Listening Walks

The first Echo Location listening walks take place this coming weekend – fully launching the quest to create a unique sound-map of Bedford.

here are the details – TAKE PART…. book your place by calling Bedford Creative Arts on 01234 818670

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World Listening Day!

This is an ideal opportunity to draw your attention to WORLD LISTENING DAY – which is tomorrow – July 18th.

The World Listening Project invites anyone to submit a LISTENING event for the week starting on July 18th 2011 …which amazingly coincides with the very first Echo Location listening walk in Bedford…. we have submitted the event…

 

 

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Echo Location Sound Map Launches

Friday 10th June was the first test run of the Echo Location Sound Map. I was invited to the meeting of the board of directors of Bedford Creative Arts (BCA), to involve them in the process of how Echo location develops. (BCA commissioned Echo Location). I introduced the project by describing how the idea had developed, and went on to discuss how I plan to work in collaboration with BCA and local Bedford people during the creative process. I currently anticipate Echo Location to expand and develop to include a performance, an installation, and a number of soundwalks, plus developments to the functions of the online piece with digital artist Ed Holroyd… After the introduction, we prepared to go out into Bedford (in the rain!!) to record sounds from the local environment. I introduced everyone to a variety of sound recording devices…

We tried to follow a circular route, but from quite early on, it became apparent that people prefered to wander off and record / listen at their own pace, which was fine, and actually a better way to work. It was also very evident that differences between equipment really impacted on ones experience. Being able to monitor the sound on headphones, adjust levels and listen to the world through a microphone is extremely engaging as the sound feels ‘magnified’ and very immersive. If you have not listened to the world through a microphone before, it really can affect your perception of the sound environment. This means the Edirol R09 handheld recorder with built in mics, and the minidisc recorder with a mic attached were the most successful set-ups.

Some people recorded using audioboo directly on their mobile phones. The advantage of this method meant that the recordings were automatically geo-tagged. However, the sound cannot be monitored when recording, which is not as engaging as an activity. Surprisingly, the sound quality from the iphone was better than I had anticipated, and a number of audioboo ‘direct uploads’ are now on the map.

For future events, I would ideally like participants to use handheld recorders with built in mics and then work with the free software Audacity to select short sections of sounds to upload. This way, the experience will hopefully open up a new and refreshed way of listening to the world, and also allow us to go through the process of listening to the sounds back and decided what to upload. Following the event, I would encourage people to continue to interact with Echo Location by uploading sounds ‘on the fly’ using audioboo on their smartphone.

The board were very engaged with the task, and also debated many aspects of the project and this kind of approach to making work by involving other people in the process. It was an extremely stimulating afternoon, and has really helped me consider ways in which to develop the project and shape future participatory events. Mike (on the board) said it was like contributing to my sketch book as I shape and devise a new piece of work. I also took on board the aspects that were less successful (ie, feeling like the ‘group walk’ disbanded, and difficulties with some of the equipment).

We managed to populate the map with some interesting sounds! – most are uploaded by myself (@birdtwitchr), because we just had one computer, but they are all recorded by different people. Zoom into Bedford on the Sound Map and take a listen and play / compose with the soundscape that is emerging.

I’m really looking forward to the next Bedford, Echo Location event, which will be in July, to coincide with the Busking Festival. For this next event, I plan to start off by taking participants out for a ‘listening walk’ without any equipment, and see what difference it makes to purely focus on listening. Following that, I would ask people to choose an area from the map of Bedford, to go and make sound recordings from. I think this would be a more focussed task, and we would also then end up with more areas covered on the sound map of Bedford.

Some pictures from the day – thanks to everyone who took part.

 

 

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BCA recording soundwalk

The first event will take place with Friday in Bedford with the board members of Bedford Creative Arts. This will be a test drive of an Echo Location walk, and we will be exploring Bedford with various types of sound recording equipment and then uploading our recordings them to the map. There will be a series of walks in Bedford over the summer, including one at the busking festival on the weekend of July 24th, and one that focusses on the parklands and watery areas.  Both should reveal interesting, and possibly contrasting soundscape.

By creating these sound maps, we are interested in mapping the changes in our sonic environment over time, and to enliven people’s imagination by listening more closely to the world around us. John Cage said his favourite composition was the one that surrounds us all this time, all we have to do is open our ears and listen

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