Spring Soundwalks 2011


The Audible vs. Inaudible Spectrum

Sunday, April 10, 2011; 2-3:30PM

Led by Janine Island
Meeting Location: in front of the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park

This soundwalk will explore the sonic terrain in the gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park. Participants will be encouraged to think about the audible and inaudible frequencies that exist in the environment around us. A live improvised performance will convert the inaudible frequencies to crackles, pops, and whirs. Dress appropriately for the outdoors.

Soundtrip with RjDj

Sunday, April 17, 2011; 2-3:30PM

Led by Milena Droumeva
Meeting Location: Waterfront Skytrain Station rotunda building (inside)

Carrying an iPod and a pair of headphones may seem like the opposite of a soundwalk experience, right? In this slightly technologically-mediated walk, you’ll discover a world of experience that draws the outside in, rather than keeping it out. Using RjDj’s Soundtrips applications for the iPod, we will embark on a soundwalking experience that hopefully subverts the acoustic ecologist’s most dreaded practice – iPod culture. Four iPods will be made available, to be shared among the members during the walk.

Soundhike at Whyte Lake

Sunday, May 1, 2011; 1:30-4:30PM

Led by Jenni Schine
Meeting Location: Whyte Lake Trailhead. If you have car access, take Exit 4 from the Upper Levels Highway and follow Westport Road a short distance west to the trail-head parking lot.

For those without vehicles, a shuttle service will pick up participants at 1:15pm at the bus stop at Marine Drive and Gallagher Place (Bus route: 250), located in West Vancouver.

This soundwalk is a moderate 3-hour hike through old growth forest to Whyte Lake. Note that the trail may be muddy and slippery so make sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Light hikers or running shoes are fine. Bring raingear, water and a snack or lunch. For further logistical information about the hike, please see: http://westvancouver.ca/Residents/Level3.aspx?id=21240

Sonik Youth Soundwalk

Sunday, May 8, 2011; 2-3:30PM

Led by Kristen Roos
Meeting Location: Meet in front of Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way) at the entrance facing False Creek.

This youth-oriented soundwalk focuses on interactivity, introducing key concepts of acoustic ecology, and discussing ways in which to listen. The participants will also be given the chance to use contact microphones to listen to the interior sounds of street furniture (benches, seats etc). The walk is designed for youth to participate, but everyone is encouraged to come out!

Holy Rosary Bells: Sacred Sounds in the Urban Soundscape

Sunday May 15, 2-3:30PM

Led by Tyler Kinnear
Meeting Location: 646 Richards (front stairs to Holy Rosary Cathedral)

This soundwalk will explore the sonic space of the Holy Rosary Cathedral Bells.  As bell ringers ring methods from the tower, participants will engage the acoustic properties of the bells (a Vancouver soundmark since 1907) and their downtown environment. Please wear suitable clothing and shoes for any kind of weather.

Download route map here.

Presented by Vancouver New Music and the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective.