Pete Stollery's new public art project Sound Sites will be launched on Saturday 27th October at Aberdeen Central Library at 2pm. This is the result of a Public Art Aberdeen commission awarded to Pete with funding from Aberdeen City Council.
Sound Sites is a public are project designed to help us tounderstand more about the power of listening and to raise awareness of the manysounds there are around us that are being ignored.
There are many waysto interact with the site. You can go to the website and listen to the soundson the map and submit comments about them. You can also make your ownrecordings – there are instructions on the site on how to do this – and thenupload them to the map. Recording devices will also be available at AberdeenCentral Library Media Centre and Station House Media Unit for borrowing.
How it all workscan be seen at the project website:
As more sounds areadded the project develops into a rich collection of the sounds of Aberdeen –providing the audio heritage of the future. SoundSites essentially has no end date and will continue for as long as peoplewant to add sounds and text to the site. It will explore how people respond tothe sounds of Aberdeen and how these sounds change over time. It will allow peopleto experience Aberdeen in another way and to make sense of what sound means intheir lives.
A number of sounds have already gone up on thesite. Users should see these as examples so that they can get an idea of whatkinds of sounds to upload and, most importantly, what to write about. We wantpeople to respond to sounds they hear, whether it’s positive (Wow, that takesme back to when I was a kid playing in that place with the sound of theseagulls echoing off the walls…) or less positive (That’s the sound I heareveryday when I come out of work and it drives me nuts, just relentlessbanging…).