Together Through Sound – a community project organised by Arts Melbourne – is painting a picture of lockdown by collecting sounds which celebrate the history, heritage and culture of the area and its natural environment.
The resulting sound library will be the first instalment of The Making Way, which is a series of projects in the Melbourne area during 2020 and 2021.
Plans for the overall project have been interrupted by COVID 19 but that doesn’t mean they have all been shelved.
“We can’t bring the community together in person at the moment so Together Through Sound aims to create a platform to share a collective community voice,” said Sharon Brown, of Arts Melbourne.
“We are collecting sounds of local woodlands, walks, streets, stories, critters and conversation that we will bring together to create a captivating portrait of the local area.
“We invited residents to take us on a journey of their local area by recording a couple of minutes each of the sounds that, to them, are the ‘the sounds of home’. The sound library will then become an open resource for listening and creative projects.”
Now the organisation is commissioning an East Midlands-based sound artist to create an innovative and original audio portrait, which will be installed at listening points on a trail around Melbourne in September and will be accompanied by a map that will act as a guide for anyone joining the trail.
Sharon says there is a £400 artists fee as well as a small materials budget and there will be artist support available. The project is sponsored by East Midlands Airport Community Fund. The deadline for applications is July 31.
“We are particularly keen to offer this opportunity to an artist based in the East Midlands Area who has an interest in collaboration, working with communities and is experienced in working with sound creatively,” she added.
To find out more and submit your application visit The Making Way website