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Future Soundscapes Lindholmen

When residents are asked what kind of neighbourhood they want to live in they often say they want a quiet neighbourhood. But by quiet, they do not mean silent! Residents want to hear the sounds of children playing, birds in the trees, and glasses clinking at cafés but may not want to hear sounds of traffic, construction, or planes overhead. This project engages local residents in Lindholmen to record (on their phones) sounds they want to hear more of and sounds they want to hear less of. The sounds will be collected, categorized, and a soundscape of the future neighbourhood will be created based on the collaborative inputs of local residents.

This sound research project will co-create soundscapes of the future in Lindholmen. In partnership with Centre for Sustainable Urban Futures at Chalmers University, the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, and Göteborgs Stad, researcher and sound artist Steve Williams will lead a public workshop where participants will record sounds they want to hear more of and sounds they want to hear less of. The sounds will be collected, categorized, and a soundscape of the future neighbourhood will be co-created based on the collaborative inputs of local residents. The soundscape will be performed for the public during the International Science Festival Gothenburg in April followed by a second workshop to "backcast" from the desired future from where we are today.

Workshop 1
Sound recording and co-production
April 5 09.00-16.00
Lindholmen Science Park

Full day workshop where participants will learn about sound and aural architectures. Then go on a self-guided walk through Lindholmen recording local sounds. Then return to the workshop space where we will co-create a soundscape based on the recordings.

Free registration, no sound/recording experience required

Public performance
Future Soundscapes
Date TBD

Steve Williams (drusnoise) will perform live with the co-created soundscape in a public performance. Workshop participants will receive a special invitation to experience their co-created work. The performance will also include field recordings of past, present, and co-constructed future sounds of Lindholmen performed with samplers, modular synthesizers, FX pedals, and artifacts like plants, rocks, and found materials from the neighbourhood.

Workshop 2
Backcasting through sound
May 23 13.00-17.30
Radiomuseet Lindholmen

1/2 day workshop using the Future Soundcape as a starting point. We ask what is the gap between the soundscape of today and our desired future, and how we might bridge those gaps. Results of the workshop will be shared with the ongoing Lindholmen urban planning program process.

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