In April 2017 I traveled to Ponta Delgada on São Miguel island in the Azores to attend Invisible Places 2017, an international symposium on sound, urbanism and sense of place. This three-day international symposium brought together artists and academics in the fields of ecology, architecture, urban design and soundscape art to share research and practice. Working with Annie Mahtani as SOUNDkitchen we devised and led a soundwalk for delegates at the symposium.
SOUNDkitchen have been creating soundwalks in our home city of Birmingham, UK since 2013. We are interested in encouraging people to engage with their sound environment and our SOUNDwalks provide unique opportunities for participants to actively listen to the sounds around them. We have developed a practice of guided walks, led by Annie and I, and usually attended by members of the public, a non-specialist audience.