"Not quite a show... more like an annual report for a project you didn't know existed"

Yesterday we had our mid-year 'sharing' event to tell the story of Mapping MCR's Quiet Spaces so far... The event took place at St Lukes Church in Ardwick, Manchester in a very atmospheric space creating a special quiet encounter of its own as we sat in silence listening to the sound recordings of footsteps through the Whitworth Art Gallery, Honey Bees at the Growing Together Project at the Levenshulme Allotment, hydrophone recordings from within a water butt and more... Nigel Wood introduced his work running the Creating Writing poetry classes as part of this project and Dominique Tessier gave a fascinating over-view of her contribution to the blog in her postcard seriews #TreeSTory which

"Snow Silences Everything"

Reddish Vale 12/12/17 Alison Kershaw A local lady I spoke to on Sunday evening said she was going ski-ing, to the mountains, During our conversation she said "snow silences everything", which got me thinking... Cold constricts and slows down movement. This is true within the body as described by Traditional Chinese Medicine and it also seems to be true in our land too. The last few days have seen reduced movement of people across the country, people staying home unless they have to go out. Less traffic, some places are snowed in, schools are shut, community events and activities cancelled (including our own). In the Chinese Farming Calendar, we are now in Big Snow (starting 7th December for

Audio Postcards from Cotton Field Wharf...

On 20th November we had a great group walk from Back on Track to New Islington Marina Cotton Field Wharf. Along the way we stopped in different places and carried our some 'sound sampling' exercises, wrote audio postcards and we also did some sound recordings when we arrived at the Marina which is a really intersting space with reeds in the water and lots of bird life. Somehow despite the sounds of construction you do feel like you are away from the city. Thanks to all participants from Back-on-Track hope you get the listening bug and carry on exploring the city's quieter sounds and enjoying the benefits! Please visit our gallery of images from that day here. Note: a good place to return to

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