Peace Wall Belfast: Spatial Audio Representation of Divided Spaces and Soundwalks

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Abstract

In West Belfast lays the Peace Wall Belfast, a manifestation of multifaced messages on political, religious, and communal ideals represented by physical properties of cement, metal, fences, gates, and artwork. There have been discussions on initiatives to take down the walls, however, this remains a fragile state. When thinking about the connectivity of the surrounding spaces and communities, the placing of the Peace Wall(s) blocks any opportunity of cross-communication and produces disorienting effects. However, through alternative artistic approaches focusing on sound, there can be innovative capabilities of sharing these stories and spaces with spatial audio techniques. To use spatial audio to change the perception of these spaces brings forth alternative periods of reflections from stimulating another sensory tool other than sight. Forming two unique listening experiences that focus on the virtual abilities to combine auditory spaces into an immersive installation environment and binaural soundwalks to design site specific augmentation of the sonic properties of the Peace Wall’s surrounding spaces. These projects aim at using spatial audio and artistic practice to plan new approaches for conflict transformation in Northern Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSound and Music Computing Conference (SMC): Proceedings
Place of PublicationTorino, Italy
Pages123-130
Number of pages8
Volume17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Spatial Audio
  • Peace Wall
  • Belfast
  • Immersive
  • Ambisonics
  • Binaural
  • Soundwalk

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    Varoutsos, G. (2020). Peace Wall Belfast: Spatial Audio Representation of Divided Spaces and Soundwalks. In Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC): Proceedings (Vol. 17, pp. 123-130). [166]. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3898717