Sounds of the Cultural Quarter: your help needed!

Posted: Fri, 30 May 2014 20:35

The Sounds of the Cultural Quarter is a project that is recording the sounds of the Cultural Quarter both now and in the past.

For the sounds of the past, Andrew Hill of De Montfort University and Colin Hyde of the University of Leicester are using the archives held by the University of Leicester to guide them in re-creating the sounds of the Cultural Quarter in the 1970s, '80s and '90s. These sounds will include machinery from hosiery factories and printing works, buses and police cars, music from clubs.

You can see some of the archives here.

For the sounds of the present we need your help! We are asking people who live or work in the Cultural Quarter to record up to a minute of the sound of their living or work environment on a mobile phone or recording device and send it to us for inclusion in the sound library.

The sound libraries will then be available for the public to create their own soundscapes or trails and will be used by the team to create audio trails through the Cultural Quarter of the present and the past.

Download a Sounds of the Cultural Quarter information pack.

Once we have created the sound libraries there will be the opportunity for you to use them to create new soundscapes, trails, or pieces of audio.

For more information contact:

Colin Hyde, University of Leicester, email:, tel: 0116 2525065, website.

Dr Andrew Hill, De Montfort University, email:, website.

Tags: Cultural Quarter, DMU, Leicester, University of Leicester, archives, online collection, soundscapes


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