In the infamous wet summer of 2007, we took groups from these schools out onto Dartmoor, near Burrator, using eyes as much as ears to look at and listen to the landscape around them. Sound artist Martin Prothero and DNP Education Officer Willem Montagne, along with teachers, parents, and other hangers-on from AHA, took their groups of around 30 children on two different walks, starting at the same place, but exploring different territories and landscapes near Burrator Reservoir. The children drew, listened, and recorded sounds, and took GPS readings along the way.
Working with Dartmoor cartographer Hanno Koch, we developed a map charting the two sound walks, 10,000 of which have been distributed around Dartmoor and Devon. Look for them in libraries, TICs, Visitor Centres, and loads of other places. They are free, and contain two relatively easy walks designed for families. You can just go on the walk using your legs and your ears, or you can also download a podcast to your iPod or other MP3 player and take it along to hear the children's sound recordings in situ.
You can visit an online version of the map here (please note that it's still in the testing phase!). Also visit the galleries to see the children's drawings and to listen to some additional recordings that were not included in the map (coming soon).
We'd like to thank the Ragdoll Foundation and other funders (Arts Council England, Dartmoor National Park, and the City of Plymouth) for their support of this project.
updated: 2-apr-11 6:36