Monday, 6 April 2009

Soundwalks in Bristol

One of the work packages in the SILENCE Project, in which Bristol was a partner, was the compilation of Soundwalks for each of the partner cities. The video below shows the soundwalk from Queens Square to the Centre.
The purpose of a Soundwalk is to...

"describe acoustic ambience in an overall way, without any judgment on what is heard."

To analyse the soundscape is to list all types of sound sources. A majority of them are motor vehicles: cars, city buses, small trucks,… but there are also a lot of varied and pleasant sound signals in the urban environment like birds, the wind in the leaves, fountains, children, bar terraces or walkers' footsteps on the gravel…

A full report on the approach and results of the soundscapes work package is on the SILENCE web site.

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