These soundwalks draw upon listening exercises that explore experiences of positive silence in a variety of soundscapes. Integral to the presentation and structuring of these exercises is the development of a meta-awareness that encourages participants to make connections between the soundscape and their interior sound world.
Reading Tree Warden soundwalk
12th 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.
HushCity App Mapping Soundwalk
5th 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.
Urban Sketching Soundwalk
14th 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.
Creative Writing Soundwalk
3rd 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.
1st July 2019
A soundwalk with Reading-based architectural photographer Peter Savage, exploring the relationship between quiet spaces and visual 'silence'.
30th 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).
Urban Sketchers Soundwalk
29th June 2019
A soundwalk with Reading Urban Sketchers group taking in St James' Church, Forbury Gardens and ending at Reading Museum, exploring the relationship between the soundscapes and our sense interior silence.
Arts and Wellbeing Soundwalk
11th 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.