The Sounds of Dublin City - An Experiment in Audiotography
I had this idea a while ago that I have been keen to try out for a while, but I only recently managed to do it. I have some colleagues who are visually impaired, and I was thinking about how people use photography as a way to collect memories of a trip or a momentous occasion, and I wondered what the equivalent might be for someone who was visually impaired. So I had the idea to try recording a soundscape.
Now, I’m sure this is nothing new, and I’m sure that someone has thought of this before me, but anyway, I still wanted to give it a go. With that in mind, I wanted to create the soundscape of Dublin City, as it is a subject that I photograph a lot. I headed out with my Zoom recorder and recorded lots of sounds around the city. I then edited them together into a single piece, which would emulate a walk through the city. I also wanted to be creative with the sound, in the same way that I would treat a photograph.
Anyway, above is the result. It’s just an experiment, and so, it’s not a masterpiece by any means. I put it to some footage of the city, as I didn’t want just a blank screen on YouTube, but the sound is the important part. Obviously too, this isn’t just aimed at visually impaired people either, and it’s a different way to capture something. Listen to it with headphones on and let me know what you think. (and yes, I made up the word “Audiotography”)
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