This project encourages us to think about present and future Peterborough through our ears as opposed to our eyes. By using noise as a container for issues such as the environment, sound ecology, housing and health, the work both celebrates the potential of the city to sustain itself as it expands but also asks us to speculate on ways in which a thinking through sound might create different, more harmonious cities.
Over the course of the project Matt has gathered sounds from in and around the Welland and Cardea areas of the city as well as from sites that link these areas such as the roads, factories, power stations and distribution centres that provide employment and connectivity for the city. He has been working with residents of Welland and Cardea using sound recording as a means of engaging with the rich and diverse sonic environments in and around their neighbourhoods.
An on-going part of this project has been consultation with local residents and experts into creating a more enriching sonic environment for Peterborough and includes the research and design of creative solutions.
If you would like to find out more about the project, contribute your own sounds to a developing online, interactive mapping or simply to give your opinion:
Special thanks to the people of Welland and Cardea and to Peterborough City Council for their openness, enthusiasm and creative energy.