Belfast Sound Map

The Belfast Sound Map is a platform for community engagement aiming to capture everyday sounds that characterise the soundscape of the city. Throughout the exhibition, the sound map will develop to include hundreds of recordings associated with places, events and routes through the city.
Continuous playback and display invites listeners to experience this growing communal reflection upon sound experiences in the city.

The Belfast Sound Map is an open resource that aims at engaging local communities in capturing everyday sound and hence characterise the soundscape of the city. We encourage not only the submission of sound recordings, but also other forms of experiencing and registering sound, such as text or image. The overall design of this platform facilitates this multiplicity of approaches, while also allowing participants to create their own projects. These are presented as separate, individual layers of recordings within the map.
The user/listener is also invited to explore the map in various ways, including an autoplay mode which creates a sequence composed of different recordings.

The map serves as a platform for a series of local workshops, in which we will share with the participants the concepts behind this work, exploring the rich relationship between sound, place and everyday life.