soundwalks

soundwalks and audio tours give us the opportunity to slow down, connect with the soundscape and explore our relationship with the intricate sonic wonders we so often ignore.

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A Reading of London Street

 

September 2021

An audio-guided soundwalk commissioned by Historic England that guides the listener through Reading's historic London Street. The sound walk combines music, audio drama and outdoor museum spaces. At its heart is London Street’s community, and its narrative is interwoven throughout the piece. Listeners will be taken on a dream-like journey through time.

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Reading Tree Warden Soundwalk

 

October 2019

This soundwalk explored the suburban green space of Highwood, near Reading, UK. The walk was led by myself and writer and naturalist Geoff Sawers. Whilst leaving time for quiet appreciation of the rain-soaked woodland soundscape, I was invited to speak about the role of natural sound barriers in addressing noise-pollution and the restorative qualities of woodland soundscapes.

Highwood Tree ShelterRichard Bentley
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audio blackspots

 

October 2019

Audio Blackspots unveiled the disturbing soundscapes concealed amidst Reading’s network of waterways. Revealing sounds normally submerged, entombed within objects or existing beyond the reach of our senses, each stop on the tour draws attention to an audio blackspot, a site of disquieting sonic collisions.

Bell and DragonRichard Bentley
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Audio Blackspots: Railings
Audio Blackspots: Railings

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Audio Blackspots: Mirror
Audio Blackspots: Mirror

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Audio Blackspots: Derelict
Audio Blackspots: Derelict

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HushCity Soundwalk

 

September 2019

As part of Soundwalk Sunday 2019, I led a sound-mapping soundwalk in collaboration with HushCity app. Participants used smartphones to log quiet spaces around central Reading, contributing photographs, sound recordings and reflections on their experience of soundscape. The walk was attended by a reporter from Reuters who interviewed me for the following article on access to quiet spaces in urban areas:

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Urban Sketcher Soundwalk

 

June and July 2019

A sound-sketching walk with Reading Urban Sketchers group listening to the soundscapes around Caversham Lock and Weir in Reading. Sketchers responded by mixing traditional sketching technique with various forms of sound-mark-making.

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Creative Writing Soundwalk

 

July 2019

A soundwalk with artist, writer and naturalist Geoff Sawers using creative writing techniques to respond to the soundscape of the River Thames, Oxford Road and Abu Bakr Mosque.

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Bourne Valley Trail

 

July 2021

Working with Intelligent Health, Nature Nurture and YourTour to create a story-based tour for Bourne Valley in Colchester that aimed to connect local people with this beautiful green space. This GPS triggered audio tour features three local characters that entertain the listener with historical anecdotes and fascinating facts about the areas wildlife.

Water BatsRichard Bentley
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Sit a MomentRichard Bentley
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Blythe PondRichard Bentley
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Contemplative Photography
Soundwalk

 

July 2021

A soundwalk with Reading-based architectural photographer Peter Savage, exploring the relationship between quiet spaces and visual 'silence'.

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KNITSONIK Soundwalk

 

June 2019

A soundwalk combining listening, visual silence and knitting patterns, exploring soundscapes around the Royal Berkshire Hospital Chapel and the Museum of English Rural Life, accompanied by sound artist and knitter Felicity Ford (KNITSONIK).

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Wellbeing Soundwalk

 

May 2019

Two soundwalks at Earth Living Festival that integrated guided sound meditations, kinh hanh (walking meditation) and sounding the architecture of the Medieval St Peter's Church.

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