Winter Canal Walk

With Sound & Feeling Sampling Exercises 13/2/18

We met outside Sainsburys on the corner of Oxford Street and Whitworth Street and began our sound sampling there. This method was inspired by Murray Schaffer's A Sound Education - 100 Exercises in Listening and Soundmaking 1992.  We walked along a predetermined route and at designated places we stopped and for a duration of one minute we wrote down all of the sounds that we could hear in that place. We also added words to describe the way that we felt in each particular sound space as we went along. These words were collected in our 'beak books (see here to find out how to make your own folded beak booklet out of a page of A4). After we completed our walk finishing in Timber Wharf on the Bridgewater Canal we returned to a cafe bar in Castelfield to warm up and discuss our experiences. The beak books filled with our words were then taken by Nige Wood the project's poet who used these words as the basis of the poetry class back at St Lukes that evening. We look forward to reading poems inspired by our walk soon...

All photos by Dominique Tessier.

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