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Sounding Coastal Change is a research project about social and environmental change in North Norfolk. The idea is to use sound, music and different kinds of listening, to explore the ways in which the coast is changing and how people's lives are changing with it.
The project home is Blakeney village and the research activities focus upon the village, Blakeney National Nature Reserve, and North Norfolk more generally.
Examples of sound works, music recordings, photography and film produced through the project are geotagged and uploaded to the sound map, to both document the project as well as showcase the creations of the people we collaborate with.
The project involves residents, school children and young people, local interest and community groups, institutional stakeholders and their representatives, and visitors to the area. The research team includes geographers, musician/composers and sound artists, and an art/documentary film-maker. The National Trust is the primary project partner. Other in-kind partners/collaborators/supporters include The Pilgrim Federation of Church of England Schools, St. Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney Parish Council, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Future Radio (Norwich) and the British Library Sound Archive. The project is funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (ARHC Grant Ref: AH/P000126/1 Listening to Climate Change: experiments with sonic democracy), The Open University and the University of Dundee.
Following a live broadcast as part of International Dawn Chorus Day (7 May 2017), the project launch takes place in the first week of July 2017, with school workshops, sound installations in local venues, and a live performance event at St. Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney (please see the events/activities page for more information). The creative highpoint is the spring and summer of 2018, when the project culminates in a series of workshops, radio broadcasts, live performances and interactive exhibitions. The project runs until March 2019, wrapping up with the publication of two free-to-download, media-rich e-books about the project, and deposits of our sonic and film work in various national archives.
Listen: make effort to hear something; hear a person speaking with attention. Hence, a good listener is one who habitually listens with interest or sympathy (COD, 1973)
I am interested in how exploring the landscape through sound can tell us about the environment
Dr. George Revill
Senior Lecturer in Geography, School of PPEDG, FASS, The Open University
Acoustic geographies of space, place, landscape and environment; historic landscapes; geographies of mobility and transport
Working with sound artists in such a way that the image supports and extends the meaning of sound is an exciting challenge, the opposite of what I'm used to, and therefore a great metaphor for ways we can all begin to think differently.
Course Director (Time Based Art & Digital Design) Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee
Lived modernism and environments: the New Town, the military airfield, the film archive, the scientific research establishment and the nature reserve
Listening to the world through a microphone is like the sudden endowment of a superpower – an extension of perception that extends what I think and care about
Dr. Johanna Wadsley
PDRA, Geography, School of PPEDG, FASS, The Open University
Moral economies of resource governance and financing; corporate-community engagement; wilderness education & leadership; community music-making
Listening, listening, listening. That is how I engage with coastal change and make work that invites others to listen also
Dr. Lona Kozik
Composer, pianist and sound artist
Piano performance, electronic composition, sound installations and radio works
Opportunities for everyday song, experimental music, engaged activity, all framed by Norfolk's people and landscape. Heaven...
Composer, improviser, pianist, author, folklorist, teacher, lecturer.
Large scale participatory music making Democratic music-making processes Folklorist
Sound can be just as emotional as music - be it the sea on the shingle or your daughter's key in the lock late at night
Radio producer, sound recordist, sound artist, film-maker
Radio broadcasting; audio recording East Anglian natural environments and oral histories; sound installations and short films
It is imperative to give a voice to all entities impacted by Climate Change
Geographer, hails from the Norfolk coast
Coastal morphology & natural hazards, HE administration
Dr. Jan van Duppen
Geography, School of PPEDG, FASS, The Open University
New Media Consultant / Workshop Facilitator
The Professional Advisory Group (PAG) meets at regular intervals during the project and is constituted by a mix of experienced academics and professionals in related fields. They act as a sounding board for the research team, to collectively discuss ideas, suggest solutions to problems and provide guidance about a wide range of intellectual and practical aspects of the project. Their contribution of time and expertise is voluntary and greatly appreciated by the research team.
National Public Programmes, Manager, National Trust
Artists, film-maker, writer and curator; Founder & International Director, Cape Farewell
Curator, Wildlife and Environmental Sounds, Sound and Vision, The British Library
Prof. Daniel Grimley
Professor of Music, Faculty of Music, Oxford University
Other collaborators and supporters
Programme Notes Sounding Coastal Change Launch 7 July 2017
Programme Notes of Sounding Coastal Change Launch event in Blakeney Village.
Landscape, Music and Sonic Environments, George Revill, 2017
This paper examines some of the ways scholars in musicology, social science and the humanities have understood the relationships between music, sound and landscape. It concludes that sonic composition and attentive listening might now be thought of as making its own positive contributions to revised conceptions of landscape as practice and event.
Matters Arising Programme