The Weekly Challenge

The Weekly Challenge 2020, 10th February – The Sound of this Place

This week’s challenge is set by Gordon Baxter, a user-experience consultant from the East Neuk of Fife. Gordon has taken inspiration from Chiarra Luzzana’s “The Sound of City” project, and challenges you to capture the sounds of the place where you live.

What is the sound of this place? Can you hear birdsong, cars, waves, sirens, silence? This week, Gordon invites you to tune into the sounds around you. What story do they tell?

Close your eyes and just listen for a few moments…

Can you capture the sounds around you without using images? You might choose to write a short poem or story that describes the sounds, or spend a couple of minutes recording the sounds using a voice recorder, or by taking a video on your phone (and blocking out the camera.) Could you use the sounds of this place to create some music? You might choose to use your recordings in a musical composition – or use the place as your percussion! Find inspiration in this short video ‘The sound of City.’ 

If you are deaf or hearing impaired, could you choose a different sense to capture the personality of your chosen place? What does it smell like? What are the tastes, sights or textures around you?

Gordon has made a recording of the sounds of his place, which you can listen to by clicking here. He made this by editing some short recordings together on a free app called ‘Audacity.’ How could you get creative and capture the sounds of your place?

If you have more time … 
Repeat this challenge on different days, different times and in different places – how do the sounds around you change or adapt?
What did you notice when you tuned into your surroundings? What are the stories hidden in the sounds?
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