Nature sounds, hidden sounds, commentary, conversation, questions, answers, interpretations… SOUNDkitchen utilises sound and listening to encourage people to make deeper connections with their environment and explore new ways of understanding the place where they live. For their Link + Shift Artists Walk commission they are developing a SOUNDwalk with the Chelmsley Wood community using their free SOUNDwalker smartphone app. SOUNDkitchen’s SOUNDwalk invites the public to walk to specific locations shown on a GPS map in the app. As you arrive at these locations the app will trigger audio tracks for you to listen to. These recordings provide creative, positive responses to the immediate environment.
With a focus on the natural environment and ecology of Chelmsley Wood, SOUNDkitchen’s intention is to work with the local community to identify sites of interest and use their knowledge and expertise to create sonic responses that will populate their walk. Although limited by the lockdown restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, SOUNDkitchen is tentatively beginning the research and development phase of their project. In their words, ‘Working with Chelmsley Wood-based B37 Project and the Tribal community rangers, we are starting to remotely map the local green spaces, the woods, parks, lakes and other wild areas. They are helping us to test some remote working methods and gather some initial sound recordings. However, we really hope that with the lifting of lockdown restrictions we can get on the ground ourselves very soon and start to connect with the wider community.’
This project is supported by @WestMidRailway