Listening and Landscape: Soundwalking as a way of engaging with environment

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School of Creative Arts

Hunter Street

Hobart, TAS 7000

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Silent listening experiences using only our ears, mediated experiences with headphones and microphones over and under the water.

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Rachel Meyers - Listening and Landscape: Soundwalking as a way of engaging with environment

What is a soundwalk? Soundwalking is a walk in which the primary activity is listening to surroundings. What sounds do we ignore in everyday life that can surprise us when we take time to listen? How does conscious perception of a sonic environment change our relationship to our surroundings?

Following an introductory meeting and some group exercises to concentrate our ears, workshop participants will be led by Rachel on a walk around Constitution Dock. Our walk will include silent listening experiences using only our ears, mediated experiences with headphones and microphones over and under the water, and for those who choose to participate, blindfolded/guided listening. There will be a group discussion and sharing of ideas and experiences when we return from the walk. Finally, there will be time for participants to develop their own sound sketches reflecting on their listening experiences.

Please note, this is an all-weather activity, so please wear suitable footwear and pack a raincoat. Basic drawing materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own supplies for the sketching activity at the end. Additionally, participants are invited to bring a smartphone or other listening device and their own headphones if they’d like to experience Rachel’s recent soundwalking composition ‘Southern Ecophony: wind and water’ after the session.

About Rachel Meyers

Tasmanian musician, composer and scholar Rachel Meyers' career spans world, folk, and experimental music genres. Rachel’s creative interests lie in environmental sound art and ecological musicking, and she is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania in musicology, examining contemporary musical responses to the ocean in a time of climate crisis.

As a performer and composer, Rachel has recorded several albums and toured extensively, performing at major festivals around the country. Current musical ensembles include Meyers & McNamara and Van Diemen’s Fiddles, both crossover chamber/folk/classical/experimental ensembles. Rachel has worked on several competitively-funded projects as both artist and scholar. She maintains a strong community focus throughout her creative portfolio, and in addition to her work as a community facilitator for arts organisations, she has worked in schools as a Teaching Artist with The Songroom, worked as an artist mentor for the Hobart City Council ‘Ability to Create’ program and taught instrumental music for over fifteen years. Rachel is excited to share with CCL participants her work on listening and soundwalking, and how it can help us to interpret landscapes and places.

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Drawing Studio, School of Creative Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart

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This workshop runs concurrently with Dr Amy Jackett & Dr John Gooderham - An Art and Science Look at Rivers in the 2021 Hadley’s Art Prize finalists’ exhibition. Please only register to attend one 11:30am session.

Proudly presented as part of the 2021 Creativity and Changing Landscapes Professional Learning Day by University of Tasmania – College of Arts, Law and Education (UTAS CALE), Tasmanian Art Teachers Association (TATA), Hadley’s Art Prize Hobart and Art Education Australia (AEA).


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