Songs of the Sea

The fist stage of audio content research for my PhD took place in Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, UK, in the form of three interpretations of local composer Roger Quilter’s composition ‘The Sea-Bird’. These interpretations explored music, dialogue, and field recording. They were formed into three recordings which were presented on the Echoes application to be heard in the square by volunteers at The Regency Town House, and later the public at a Heritage Open Days event. The volunteers were asked a series of scaled and descriptive questions around content, location, and accessibility, which helped me to gain a better understanding of the mobile audio platform, the sounds listened to, and how they fit with the site they were presented in.

A volunteer exploring the square listening to the ‘Songs of the Sea’ experiment.