This soundwalk consists of five audio pieces created exclusively from field recordings made in the actual specific locations where the listening takes place. The sound materials collected in each location have been extensively processed, mutated, edited, mixed, and composed into non- representational virtual aural micro-worlds. During the listening experience these pieces will mix to different degrees with the surrounding environment, depending on outside street noise. At times it may become difficult or nearly impossible to discern between “inside or transformed” and “outside or real” sonic perception. This is indeed an intentional feature of this soundwalk.
Each of the five listening locations indicated in the map has a corresponding audio track. These listening locations are not precise localised spots but areas which one can move through. Each track has been conceived to be listened to in its entirety before moving on to the next area. There is no need to rush: track durations allow one to slowly stroll through each area, even with occasional stops if desired. You can always pause the audio if you have reached of the end the audiotrack but have not reached the end of the area.
What you are about to experience in this soundwalk is a transmutation of the normal “reality” of the different locations into an unreal parallel sonic world. This sonic world has been solely created from that original everyday “reality”, without any additional sounds. There is no specific narrative in this sonic journey other than the one that you will inevitably create along the way depending on your personality, experience, imagination, character, and mood.
NB. For track 4 you need to buy a ticket for the watertaxi.
“Not for the faint at heart.”
Otto Reuchlinweg 996
3072 MD, Rotterdam
Track 1. Introduction
Track 2. Antoine Platekade
Track 3. Erasmusbrug
Track 4. Willemskade Waterfront
Track 5. Nieuwe Maas
Track 6. Esplanade Hotel New York
Created by sound artist / composer Francisco López.
In co-production with International Film Festival Rotterdam.