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Troy Soundwalks

In conjunction with the premiere of Where I Hear, Were I There the composer will lead two soundwalks through downtown Troy.

Saturday, February 7, from 12-1:30 PM: An outside walk that explores the soundscapes of the waterfront, main streets and alley ways of downtown Troy. Note - this walk will take place rain, snow or shine so please dress accordingly.

February 9, from 6-7:30 PM: An indoor walk. This walk will focus on the interplay of mechanical and human sounds inside built environments.

Both Troy soundwalks convene and end in the lobby of the Arts Center of the Capital Region. Both walks are interactive, free and open to the general public. More detailed information about soundwalking will be provided and there will be time for discussion at the close both walks. Children are encouraged to attend.

What is a Soundwalk?

The soundwalk is a practice of focused listening in which one moves through an environment with complete attention to sound. Any environment, at any time of day or night, can provide space for soundwalking. Sometimes the walks are guided by a written or verbal instruction (a "score") and sometimes not. The participants may walk blindfolded, or stand still, or move in response to the soundfield. Sometimes the walker activates the soundscape - "playing along" with the sounds - using the voice, musical instruments or objects encountered along the way. On occasion the walks are recorded and other times they are simply free form ambles through sound filled places. The walks are usually followed by an informal conversation about sound, listening, noise and music.

Soundwalking provides an opportunity to do nothing but listen. An opportunity for the brain, ears, body, mind and soul to wake up and tune in. Soundwalking invites the listener to consider his or her relationship to the sounding world and all that inhabits it.

More information about soundwalking and its practitioners:

Andra McCartney:
http://www.emf.org/artists/mccartney00/walk.html
http://andrasound.org

Canadian Electroacoustic Community / Promenade Sonore:
http://cec.concordia.ca/econtact/Soundwalk/index.htm

Hildegard Westerkamp:
http://www.sfu.ca/~westerka/

The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology:
http://interact.uoregon.edu/MediaLit/WFAE/home/index.html

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