Podcast: Sound Walking in Suburbia – perception, patterns & delight

January 2021

The Sound Walking in Suburbia podcast was commissioned by Art Work Exeter for their 2020 Resilience project.

Emma is composing two Sound Walks each month from June 2020 – May 2021 in her suburban Exeter neighbourhood. In autumn 2020 a series of conversations with Sound Walk participants led to the composing of a Sound Walk with and for autistic people who are sensitive to sound. In this podcast, Emma shares the evolution of the piece through a series of walks and conversations with her co-listeners about the music of our shared habitat.

The resulting Sound Walk, ‘UP BARLEY MOUNT, Exeter, November 2020’:

Podcast: The Music of Exeter and Kyoto

Podcast conversation: Emma Welton with Makoto Nomura and Mari Satomura. Best listened to through headphones.
October 2020

The music of Exeter and Kyoto podcast was commissioned by Art Work Exeter for their Resilience project. I invited composer Makoto Nomura and curator Mari Satomura to compose a Sound Walk in their Kyoto neighbourhood. We compare our experiences of being musicians during COVID, and we share our listening practice and Sound Walks we have made. Please enjoy Makoto Nomura and Mari Satomura’s Kyoto Sound Walk, below – there’s a lovely, hand-drawn map followed by their sound descriptions. The podcast also refers to sounds I found on the local rugby pitch while making my Sound Walk ‘PEOPLE to PEOPLE’, so I’ve added it below, together with a recording of the musical rugby posts.

My Sound Walk, ‘PEOPLE to PEOPLE’, invites you to play the 8 rugby posts in Flowerpot Playing Field.
Here’s my own rugby post performance, unedited, including my squeaky boot – and many other sounds – as I walk between the goals.
(Best listened to through headphones.)
Is my description, ‘they all sound the same pitch’, correct?