Soundmap: People and Place

A community art project in Aberdeenshire is appealing for people to write short scripts and record voiceovers for a series of new sound walks.

"Soundmap: People and Place" is an inter-generational, community art project led by sound artist Pete Stollery and visual artist Bryan Angus. Since the project began six months ago, more than 130 residents including walking groups, sheltered housing residents, arts clubs, guides and school pupils have taken part.

Commissioned by Live Life Aberdeenshire's Arts and Heritage team, the artists have been out and about meeting groups and making recordings in Banff, Ladysbridge, Rosehearty, Sandhaven and New Byth.

The Project

As part of the project, Pete is looking for people to assist in the creation of Sound Walks walking tours – two in Banff and one in each of the other villages – that can be experienced by using a smart phone or other internet-enabled mobile device.

As you walk along the route, different sounds will play at different points, along with a voiceover, to act as a “sonic guide” to the areas. Find out more about the project: Soundmap: People and Place

two starlings by Bryan Angus

We Need Your Help

You can help to create the text which will be listened to during the sound walks. You will be asked to listen to around five of the sounds and write down a few words about what you hear. You’ll be supported and guided through the process, and your words will be what users hear during a walking tour. Once the words are completed, the next opportunity to get involved will be as a voiceover artist.

With support from Pete, a sound and music professional, you can read and record the text using a smartphone or any other recording equipment.

You’ll learn exactly what to do and how to record voice overs. Writing and recording can all be done safely from home.

If you would like to take part in the project email Cultural Development Officer Alison Brodie: alison.brodie@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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