Sounding walk with Maria Balabas

What’s so fascinating about a sounding walk? Maybe the idea of a silent group, going on a certain path; maybe the idea of the fact that each sound slowly starts to gain a significant value for our memory, once we enter an unusual perceptive mood. Paradoxically, the places are the same, the landscape is different. Everything and nothing. A sounding walk, after all, is just a walk, a consideration of the places; nonetheless, it becomes for those involved, a sum-up of spaces, from an acoustic and performing point of view.

Although we become more and more sensitive towards the visual impact the city brings upon the collective mind, urban sounding education finds itself in an embrio phase. There are just a few, the ones who are thinking about

sounds beyond the terms of noise, concert, aggression, iphone, etc. Still, methods through which we can learn how to get phonically get closer to the city exists, in order to recognize it and even protect it. Murray Schafer, theorist and composer, initiated the concept of sounding activism, thus the sounding walk, in Vancouver, circa 1970.

It’s a creative practice and research that involves the listening and, sometimes, the recording of sound while moving from a place to another. It wishes the creation of a more powerful relationship between “the soundwalkers” and the phonic environment. The style of content, the places are very important because of the highlighted political, social and ecological consequences.

Before taking a sounding walk in the city of Tulcea, we will discuss about music, listening methods, group psychology, sound consumption and sound research.

Very important! For an hour and a half, the group members will not speak or use their mobile phones (only if the coordinator asks to), noisy clothes or heels will be avoided!