Saturday 25th November, 10am – 5pm, Barrow Market and Cooke’s Studio
On Saturday 25th November we held a sound workshop run by Octopus Collective, a Barrow-based sound art and music organisation.The day involved a sound walk and creative sound recording techniques to create new soundscapes of Barrow’s Market. During the day, we also touched upon the changes in market sounds over the years, including thinking about the traditional market crier, changes in technology and vehicles.
LISTEN TO THE RESULTS HERE
After instruction on basic recording techniques and etiquette, our interviews with stallholders, sounds associated with their businesses and generalised market noise were marked on a map of the market and gathered into the Barrow Market Soundscape.
We also got down to a bit of series (as opposed to serious) jocking, when our reading aloud of past printed advertisements put out by market traders were interleaved live using a mixing desk and the results listened to using lo-fi transmitters and radios.
So, if you want to see round corners, shut your eyes and you can work out what’s there, with a bit of practice – and a sound workshop.