Belfast Soundwalks: Experiences in Sound and Place through Locative Media

Sarah Bass, Pedro Rebelo

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This article outlines the ongoing development of a locative smartphone app for iPhone and Android phones entitled The Belfast Soundwalks Project. Drawing upon a method known as soundwalking, the aim of this app is to engage the public in sonic art through the creation of up to ten soundwalks within the city of Belfast. This paper discusses the use of GPS enabled mobile devices in the creation of soundwalks in other cities. The authors identify various strategies for articulating an experience of listening in place as mediated by mobile technologies. The project aims to provide a platform for multiple artists to develop site-specific sound works which highlight the relationship between sound, place and community. The development of the app and the app interface are discussed, as are the methods employed to test and evaluate the project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2014


  • soundwalks
  • mobile media
  • mobile phone
  • Belfast


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