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Wanted: your recordings for our latest global sound project

We’re looking for YOUR recordings for our latest global project, Migration Sounds.

The project is the first large-scale public exploration of the sounds of migration and settlement, and we think it’s going to be a really important way to use sound to help reframe conversations and public discourse around migration.

It’s really important to say that this is NOT just about the sounds of migration in the “traditional” sense of travelling to a new place – we’re looking for the sounds of settlement and home (both new homes and old homes) from wherever you are.

So what does that mean?

  • If you’re living in a country that’s not your original home, we want to hear how the sounds of your new home reflect your life, make you feel, and what memories or feelings they might stir.
  • If you’ve spent time living overseas and have moved back home, how do the sounds you’re hearing now make you feel? What did sound help you to feel and notice while you were living elsewhere?
  • If you have sound recordings that represent groups of immigrants, diaspora communities or any aspects of settlement in places you live or have visited, we’d love to hear them.

You can find out more about the project in this recent article by The Art Newspaper.


Project deadline – 31 March

We’ve had such incredible recordings – and stories – coming through already that we’ve decided to extend the call for sounds until 31 March.

Examples of the types of sounds we’ve received already include:

  • Sounds of a hometown recorded after moving back from years abroad, and what those newly-heard sounds meant to the listeners after spending time away
  • Conversations between friends from different backgrounds in different countries all living in a multicultural modern city
  • Recordings made when first moving to a new country of things that sounds different or novel from home, whether it’s a market, a pedestrian crossing or a metro system
  • Recordings of public protests being made by diaspora groups
  • Sounds of immigrant workers doing their jobs, or of shops and restaurants established by immigrants to a town or city
  • Recordings of districts of cities that are hubs and homes for diaspora communities from particular countries

 


How to take part

Submit your sound

You can submit your sounds at any time until 31 March at this link: https://bit.ly/migrationsound

SUBMIT A SOUND

If you have any questions about submitting a recording for the project, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer. Recordings can also be submitted anonymously and do not need to identify any individuals contained within them.

For sound artists and musicians

In April 2024, we will be opening the project to applications for musicians and sound artists to reimagine this incredible bank of sound recordings into a suite of brand new compositions.

If you would like to apply to join the Migration Sounds project as a composer/artist/musician, you can join the artist waitlist at the link below and we will send you the application details in April 2024.

JOIN THE ARTIST WAITLIST


Can you help us spread the word?

Even if you don’t have any suitable recordings, we’d really appreciate you taking 30 seconds to share the project with your friends, colleagues and contacts to help us get the word out as widely as possible. It will make a huge difference!

Hit these links to share the project:


More on migration sounds

The project is a partnership with the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)  at the University of Oxford, who also gave us their take on what migration sounds mean for them:

“Since the dawn of human society people have moved from place to place and built new lives in locations far from where they were born or raised.

People move for innumerable reasons and each experience is utterly unique – moving from the UK to the USA can be as dislocating as moving from Cameroon to France or from China to Ethiopia. Moving to work, or to study, or for love can each be expected to lead to very different outcomes and experiences – as can moving for safety or protection.

Similarly, being away from loved ones, or the places and things that anchor you in a place can be intimidating: the apparent strangeness of a new city or town can make you profoundly aware of sounds that more settled residents might completely screen out.

So what are the sounds that capture your own experience of living in a new country? What are the sounds that tell you when you have found a new place that is “home”? Accents, sirens, birdsong, train doors closing, cicadas, the sounds of calls to prayer, market traders, people in bars or the night-time barking of stray dogs can all capture a sense of place – but what are the sounds that speak of your own experience of moving between countries and places?”

We hope you’ll find this project as exciting as we do – it’s going to be an amazing way to use sound and creativity to talk about something hugely important in 2024.


As always, thank you for listening,

Stuart.