Sound walk at Island Gardens.


Sound walking with John Wynne and my sound arts class;

This was my first proper sound walk, even know I’m a generally a regular walker. We met outside the station, then our tutor John told us there’s a surprise to our sound walk. We were put into pairs, one of the pair would wear a blindfold whilst the other had ear plugs. The pair with the ear plugs, would guide the person with the blindfold. As I was blindfolded at first, I instantly lowed my head. My hearing became more aware for the sounds around me, almost immediately.

As we’re crossing roads, I hear a cyclist zoom by my right ear to the left side. I flinched and grip my partner as it was unexpected noise of a rattling chain. I can tell we’re going through a narrow path, as I hear voices coming through multiple times in to my head and the ground is like a downwards slope. Having your sight, makes you recognise noise. So to imagine not having my vision.. Is a bit of a frightening thought. We reach a reverberate place, which I later founded out that it was a tunnel. I hear voices coming from afar and gradually they get closer, increasing in volume. My footsteps are hard and short as I go through the tunnel, echoing as we come to the end of the tunnel.

Published by esthergaylesoundarts

I was born in Bedfordshire, England. I'm from a musical and artistic background, with creating music and writing songs from a young age. Still life drawing, carpentry and sculpture design is an area in Art that I have previously studied. I am B.A Sound Arts & Design student at London College of Communication in London, learning to become a Sound Practitioner in Sound Arts. I did a sound installation called, 'Bari (Home)' at Gallery 46, White Chapel, April 2019 about the cultural integration of the Tower Hamlet of London area. My influences have come form contextual art, artistes, music and sound, film and audio visual works. I'm intrigued by sound discovery and perception of the sounds we hear.

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