This is the first of my ‘realtime’ walks and continued to explore the relationship between sound and memory. In this walk you overhear a dialogue between a couple trying to trace their shared memories of the site, while the narrator begins to implicate you in their debate.
“..just for a moment I slipped into the city of my memories, with my internal cohort drifting about me, my inner citadel of friends and absent friends and friends to come. Their ghostly promises brush against me. I am in tears.”
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Rather than pre-recording the soundtrack as in my other soundwalks, the audience member is given a backpack containing a laptop with custom sound processing software and a hidden microphone. The voices of the performers and narrator are recorded, but all other sound is sourced live from the surrounding location. At the start of the piece you hear the world around them as it exists (but slightly amplified). As you walk and the narrative progresses the ambient sound is processed and reshaped. This ‘live remix’ is not arbitary, but follows and reflects the thematic shifts of the text.
‘sounds..’ was first shown at the