Feel like life is passing you by? No time to stop and smell the roses? Then it’s time for a new approach!
Aunty Social and DigiEnable have joined forces to offer Ears Wide Open – a sound project which will take two sets of residents from Preston and Blackpool on a journey to reconnect with the sounds of the place they call home.
Bringing together volunteers from community radio stations and community arts organisations, the project’s aim is to create an exciting and engaging soundscape using a mixture of traditional recording methods to capture the often ignored sounds, as well as digital techniques to bring to life the encoded sounds which emit from the technology which makes a city function.
For those interested in learning more about bringing the arts to the radio, a series of workshops in the Blackpool and Preston areas are being funded by the Community Media Association’s Modulate 2014 project.
Blackpool Workshops
Location: Aunty Social, The Old Rock Factory, Deansgate (behind Brighthouse), Blackpool, FY1 1BN
21/4/14 – Digital Storytelling
24/4/14 – Identifying Sounds
13/5/14 – “Ears Open” Soundwalks
14/5/14 – Making Soundscapes
Time: All workshops take place from 7pm to 9pm.
You will get the most benefit out of the project if you attend all four workshops. There are only a few places left, so you’ll need to be quick to register your attendance. Please email: [email protected] with your name, contact details and postcode, and if you have any access needs.
There will be a celebration event to screen the final soundscape and it will be broadcast on both Preston FM and Blackpool Victoria radio stations. There will also be listening pods available to the public at Aunty Social’s Charabanc and Korova Arts Café.
Liz Hardwick of DigiEnable said: “The idea came about from wanting to bring more art to radio. I’ve worked in community media for the past 15 years and have a real passion for soundart.  Workshops are being run in Preston and Blackpool, then we will be linking them together for the sound piece at the end. You’ll be able to follow the progress of the project through a blog – so watch this space!”
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