Showing posts with label Sound. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sound. Show all posts

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Recomposing the City International Symposium 2014 - 30 May 2014 at QUB

We are delighted to be presenting at the upcoming Recomposing the City International Symposium at Queen's University Belfast on 30 May.

Poster by Helena Hamilton - click to enlarge

Full list of speakers:

  • Colin Ripley (Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto)
  • Christabel Stirling (Oxford University)
  • Merijn Royaards (Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London)
  • Gascia Ouzounian and Sarah Lappin (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Michael Corr and Conor McCaffery (PLACE)
  • Mark Hackett, Declan Hill and Ken Sterrett (Forum for Alternative Belfast)
  • Anamarija Batista (Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien)
  • Sven Anderson (Manual for Acoustic Planning project, Dublin City Council)
  • Peter Cusack (CRiSAP, University of Arts London)
  • Georgia Born, Keynote Respondent (Professor of Music and Anthropology at Oxford University)

The event is sponsored by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, the School of Creative Arts and the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at QUB.

The event is free and open to the public. Full details at

Friday, 12 April 2013

Wednesday's soundwalk now online

Above: Screenshot of Wednesday's soundwalk on

On Wednesday, we hosted a soundwalk with the team from - they led a group of architects, photographers and other curious souls around the city centre.

The results range from binaural recordings to descriptions using text and images. The soundwalk itself - through pedestrian streets, shopping arcades, busy roads and the river - is a great demonstration of just how much our ears tell us about our environment.

Thanks to Pedro Rebelo, Matilde Meireles, Rui Chaves and Aonghus McEvoy for leading the workshop, and thanks to Deirdre Greaney, Barry Cullen, Nicholas Stewart and David Bunting for taking part and listening to Belfast with open ears.

The Belfast Sound Map is an open resource that aims at engaging local communities in capturing everyday sound and hence characterise the soundscape of the city. We encourage not only the submission of sound recordings, but also other forms of experiencing and registering sound, such as text or image. The overall design of this platform facilitates this multiplicity of approaches, while also allowing participants to create their own projects. These are presented as separate, individual layers of recordings within the map. Visit for more info.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Sounds of the City at the MAC

Sounds of the City is a community project and exhibition commissioned by the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) and led by artists from the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast.

The project explores the relationship between sound and community, uncovering the sounds of everyday life and the ever-changing Belfast soundscape.

Over four months, the SARC artists worked with two intergenerational groups in Belfast to capture the unique sonic qualities of our city’s places, events and stories.

The project has been brought to life via five sound installations that you can hear throughout the MAC. The installations explore daily life in Belfast from our industrial heritage, to the local family home through identity and memory.  The exhibition is shaped by past and present experiences of workshop participants from Dee Street Community Centre in East Belfast and Tar Isteach in North Belfast.

SOUNDS OF THE CITY was created by Pedro Rebelo, Rui Chaves, Matilde Meireles and Aonghus McEvoy.

Dates: 20th April 2012 - 19th June 2012

For more information visit

Tuesday, 11 May 2010


"Sounds that have been in a particular place for a long time I call soundmarks. Like landmarks, they define its essential character, rendering it unique."

- R. Murray Schafer, 1993

In Resounding Rivers, Matt Green has re-imagined some of Belfast's now-disappeared soundmarks - the rivers that once flowed through the city.

What are the soundmarks in your area?

Monday, 3 May 2010

Resounding Rivers panel discussion, launch event and walking tours!

Above: The map to accompany Matt Green's audio artwork project has been designed by Ryan O'Reilly

This week, PLACE is excited to mark the launch of Resounding Rivers - a series of audio installations by Matt Green across Belfast City Centre - with some special events.

Thurs 6th May, 11am @ Belfast Waterfront

First, on Thursday morning, we have the official launch of the project at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. After an introduction by Matt Green, we host a panel discussion on SOUND AND THE CITY with Dr Gascia Ouzounian, an expert in sound installation art at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Paul Clarke, lecturer in Architecture at University of Ulster, and Adam Turkington, Co-ordinator of Trans Urban Arts Festival.
For more info and to book, click here!

Thurs 6th May, 6-9pm @ PLACE and participating venues

The six audio pieces will be unveiled on Thursday evening from 6-9pm. A special video installation will also be shown in PLACE throughout the project, from 6th May - 5th June.
Find out more: click here.

Sat 8th, 15th & 22nd May, starting @ PLACE

Archaeologist Ruairi O Baoill will be leading a series of unique tours exploring the “Hidden History” of Belfast on three Saturdays in May - 8th, 15th and 22nd.

Adults: £5
Students and concessions: £3
Under-12s: free!

For tickets contact PLACE on 028 9023 2524 or email info AT!

Read more about Resounding Rivers:
- Press release on the project (Belfast City Council)
- BBC piece featuring an interview with Matt Green (BBC News)