Exercise: Listening Sound Walk

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What Are We Doing?

You will archive sounds you hear on a ten minute walk.

Why Are We Doing It?

We will familiarize ourselves with the popular concept of a sound walk.

sound walk, or walking piece, is any walk that focuses on listening to the environment, with or without the use of technology, or adds to the experience through the use of sound or voice. This can include a scripted or choreographed score or work that has additional audio elements. [credit]

The act of sensing and archiving sounds will sharpen our observational skills. Sharing the archives will enhance our sense of community.

How Are We Doing It?

  1. Select a walking path that is about ten minutes long. Be mindful of safety – avoid walking where you don’t feel safe.
  2. As you walk, record the sounds you encounter in any way that feels appropriate (audio recording, written notes, map making, photographs, videos, collected objects, etc.). Be specific and detailed as you archive.
  3. When you return, arrange your archive in a way that you can share with others. Be ready to explain the sounds and your archival choices.


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