Soundscapes of Spandau

Course, Volkshochschule Spandau Berlin – Berlin, Germany

How do urban spaces sound? How are urban spaces perceived and experienced in relation to sound? What happens when „foreign“ sounds are heard on specific places in the city?

The course takes a closer look at the relation between urban spaces and sound and how the perception of urban spaces can be challenged and shifted through sound. Based on R. Murray Schafer’s term soundscapes we explore the sounds of the Berlin district Spandau. During careful listening observations in the public space, the participants will be asked to register their sonic perceptions of places by using recording devices. This will be done with binaural microphones, that offer a very realistic, 3D recordings of sound. The recorded materials will be then discussed and examined for the effects, feelings, identifications and memories that they trigger among the participants.