HomeSounds

Listening for Creativity, Health and Education

Introduction

The HomeSounds project invites everyone, particularly young people, to become active environmental listeners for the benefit of their creativity, health and education.

The sounds of our environment are a profound, subtle and deeply influential context in our lives. Some of the areas of this influence include our sense of time and place, our memories, emotions and physical bodies, the physical world, our personal, social and spiritual relationships, and our relationship with nature.

Through active environmental listening we can deepen our understanding of the extent to which the acoustic habitat shapes our lives. We can learn to respect all sound, no matter where it comes from, and to become more aware, in the deepest possible sense, of ourselves, our communities and our world. For young people, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances, the acoustic habitat they live in is as important as, and on occassion more important than, their physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or social habitat. The extent of its influence is generally little understood. HomeSounds offers a unique opportunity to explore this influence in a safe and inspiring way.

An understanding of how pivotal sound is to our relationship with the natural world has become increasingly important as our environment changes, and the effects of the climate crisis are experienced. Developing experience and skill in active environmental listening can help foster a positive, respectful and mature relationship with our planet.

Activities

HomeSounds encourages active environmental listening through a wide range of activities fitting broadly into one, or all, of three main categories; Creativity, Health/Well-Being, and Education. Some of these activities include in-person and online sound-walks, the installation of live-streaming microphones, and educational programmes. The project works both independently and in partnership with educational establishments, charititable organisations, health providers, community groups and individuals of all ages and circumstances. Some of the organisations with whom we have collaborated include BREAK Children's Charity, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Mancroft Advice Project, City Academy Norwich, Norwich International Youth Project, Excelsior Trust, National Trust, RSPB, Norwich Science Festival, British Science Association, Norfolk County Council, English Heritage and many more.