Queens Square: A City Soundwalk – Listening to the built environment

Queens Square: A City Soundwalk - Listening to the built environment Queens Square: A City Soundwalk – Listening to the built environment



Dates: 14/12/2019
Times: 15:30 - 17:00


A City Soundwalk – Listening to the built environment

Time: December 14th 15.30
Duration: 60 mins – 90 mins approx
Fee: £2.00 on the day

Meet: Meet at the entrance to the `Queens Square Centre` in Queens Square, Hood Street Liverpool L1 1RG, which is a Merseytravel Travel Centre.
(Circus tent-like building next to where the buses are.)

Route: Includes insides and outsides, the social world and the commercial world.
What does pedestrianisation sound like?

The general election is over, and it is coming on Christmas.
Step back, watch, listen and observe the city in action.
Listen to the built environment.

A Sonic Gaze event.
What, Why, Who?

A soundwalk is a practice: it is walking without talking, focussing on the sound around, focussing on being there rather than talking about it. A slow soundwalk takes you to undiscovered places: means of transport, your senses.

Sessions usually consist of 3 x 20 minutes sessions with light intermission to share thoughts and reflections and then move on. The session is led by Phil Morton: acoustic ecologist, who has delivered soundwalks and listening projects in many and varied settings.

“When was the last time you went somewhere just to hear the sounds there? Whether experienced as private meditation or as collective silence SOUNDWALKS refresh your ears and reset your sensual awareness to where you are, live or work

All welcome: avoid noisy bags and clothing, bring a friend and you won’t have to explain the journey to them later! Surprise yourself”

A slow soundwalk will be of interest to;
• Musicians (as it involves listening to a sequence of sounds)
• To recording artists (as one needs to appreciate the relationship between background and foreground sound, for example)
• For electronic musicians (as it relates to the way timbres interact)
• To planners and architects (as the sound is part of the atmosphere of a place and affects social responses).
• Sound artist – (as an act of attentive listening as part of a preparatory methodology)
• Everyone and anyone, (as an act of `ear cleaning`, a space of time to slow down and focus on the reality of sound in the present, to reset, refresh and re-engage)

Top tip: Wrap up and protect oneself from the elements, make a note of Phil Morton’s mobile as a precaution and back up in case you cannot find the meet up/start point or your are late.

Presented by Sonic Gaze Group,
Phil Morton: Mob 07999518582, email philmorton@improvisersnetwork.co.uk

Sonic Gaze Group: Project web page
https://www.improvisersnetworks.online/uk/merseyside-start-page/sonic-gaze