Soundscape of city captured in new creative arts project

From its busy harbour and the bustle of Union Street to the ebb and flow of the Dee and the Don and tranquillity of Duthie Park, sound brings Aberdeen to life.

Now a new project in partnership with the University of Aberdeen and Granite, a major participatory arts project presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and Aberdeen City Council, aims to get people thinking about how the noise around them informs everyday life in the city.

As part of the Granite Sound strand, Professor Pete Stollery and Dr Suk-Jun Kim, from the University of Aberdeen, together with students from the MMus Sonic Arts programme at the University, have created a guided ‘soundtrack’ of the city.

It enables people to book a pair of Granite Sound headphones and enjoy a unique sound tour of the city delivered wirelessly into the headphones and triggered by GPS as participants walk the city’s streets.

The sound walk includes music composed by Aberdeen-based Phillip Cooke and texts and poems by local authors Wayne Price, Helen Lynch, Sheena Blackhall, Hazel Hutchison and Michael Brown.

Professor Stollery said: “This is an opportunity for the public to join us on a unique, free, guided soundwalk across the city centre, into Aberdeen’s past, present and future. It includes sounds of people and music and poetry; industry and nature and everyday life; the grit and the glint.”

“It’s a celebration of the spirit of Aberdeen’s people and an exploration of the city’s past, present and future.”

Granite Sound will run on November 7 and November 8, for details and booking visit