Written in Water: Portait of a Town (Event from 2015)
Collect your handset from The Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1BT
A breath-taking experience in sound and music.
‘Written in Water’ is a portrait of a small town with a big history.
To enter it, download free from Google Play or borrow a free handset from the Discovery Centre, and embark on a series of soundwalks through the town.
Using a GPS-connected headset, the listener enters a musical composition that defies boundaries.
Archive recordings and new interviews with Gosport residents are blended with music recorded and music composed.
A symphony of foghorns and brass bands, reminiscence and imagination, the fleeting present captured and exhibited in sound.
‘Written in Water’ is a virtual recreation of living memory and a vision of a small town’s future: at once strange and magical, an unnerving and ultimately uplifting, joyous experience.
Just borrow a handset from Gosport Discovery Centre with your library card. Or download the free noTours app on your smartphone (Android only) at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=writteninwater.notours.org&hl=en_GB
This is an interview on BBC Radio Solent about the project that provides a nice introduction to the soundwalk as it also contains excerpts:
No Booking Needed
If collecting a handset from the Gosport Discovery Centre there is plenty of ‘pay & display’ parking nearby, toilets and refreshment facilities on site. The soundwalks are experienced throughout the town centre so should be accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs via dipped curbs at road crossing points.
New Dimensions is a music initiative taking place across Hampshire. As part of its work in Gosport, New Dimensions invited composer Benjamin Mawson to create this soundscape.