Brussels Thurn & Taxis sound map
invited artist: Jonathan Prior
Brussels sound map
In the preceding days before the TIK festival exhibition, Jonathan Prior recorded and compiled a Brussels sound map using GPS located field recordings taken from across the city. These are presented as both an interactive map within a gallery setting, and also as a smartphone application, so that these field recordings can be listened to at the exact location where they were recorded.
This lead to a presentation of a sound map that sonically traces the area between Q-O2/OKNO and Thurn & Taxis. An assortment of microphones (including hydrophones and contact microphones) has captured different types of sonic rhythms in the regional soundscape; sounds that may ordinarily pass undetected. Recorded at different times of the day and night between 8-10th May, the recordings were presented as an interactive map in Q-O2, and also as a smartphone application. This will allow the map to be listened to while walking the region, triggering sounds to start at the location where they were recorded.
During the TIK festival, Jonathan Prior leads a small group of people on a silent soundwalk through central Brussels. The walk re-traces the exact path of a silent soundwalk undertaken for TIK in June 2011, from Okno to the rapidly developing urban ‘wasteland’ of Thurn & Taxis. A discussion will follow to interrogate the relationship between sound and space, and how these may change with the passage of time.