Harrogate Sound Portrait

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DISCOVER THE HEARTBEAT OF HARROGATE,
ONE SOUND AT A TIME.

Is the soundscape of the world an indeterminate composition over which we have no control, or are we its composers and performers, responsible for giving it form and beauty? Orchestration is a musician’s business – but isn’t it up to us to undergo a paradigm shift and start hearing – not the music in the global soundscape – but the global soundscape as music? How has the soundscape of the borough changed in your lifetime?

About the Project

“Harrogate Sound Portrait” isn’t just a project; it’s a journey through the auditory landscape of my hometown. By carefully geolocating sounds, we’ve created an immersive experience that allows you to explore Harrogate in a way you’ve never done before – through its very heartbeat.

From the murmurs of the farmer’s market to the gentle hum of the evening breeze, every sound is a piece of Harrogate’s intricate puzzle. And we’re inviting you to piece it together.

The Podcast

Dive deeper into your local soundscape with the “Harrogate Sound Portrait” podcast. Here, I delve into the stories behind the sounds, the history they echo, and the memories they evoke. With each episode, we’re not just listening; we’re learning, reflecting, and celebrating Harrogate’s symphony.

Noisy Fan At A Ginnel

Christmas Tree, Harrogate Town Centre

WH Smiths, Harrogate

The Sound Of Melting Snow

Outside M&S, Harrogate

Outside Jessops, Harrogate

Gambaru Crossing

Brown Long-Eared Bat, Valley Gardens

Outside Bass & Bligh

Back Dragon Parade, Dawn Chrous

ASDA, Bower Road

Blackbird, Dragon Parade

Cold Bath Road

Breeze In The Trees, Valley Garden's Boating Pond

Leaves Blowing Around A Fire Escape, Back Dragon Parade

A Grapevine In The Breeze

Distant Fireworks

Pothole Repairs, Dragon Road

Fish & Chips

Pride March (Quiet Part)

The Ginnel, Outside Space

Pride March, Montpellier

Pride March, Launch (2018)

Inside Creao Studio

Dawn Chorus // Back Dragon Avenue, Harrogate

A Cross Section Of Dragon Parade, During The Pandemic

Skipton Road, Midday

East Parade Take-Away

Clap For Carers - Dragon Parade, Harrogate

Dragon Parade to Claro Road - An Audio Walk in Harrogate

Bower Road, Up East Parade - An Audio Walk

Street Corner, High Harrogate

Binaurial Domestication

A Morning Cup Of Tea

Opening Up: Commercial Street at 9am

The Dawn Chorus In May, At The Start Of Nidderdale Greenway, Harrogate

How to Navigate the Map

  1. Zoom in: The Sound Map works similar to other, regular maps on the web. There is the option to zoom in and to scroll with your clicked mouse.
  2. Click on a Sound Pin: Each pin on our map represents a distinct sound of Harrogate.
  3. Listen & Reflect: Take a moment to immerse yourself, to feel and connect.
  4. Discover More: Click on more pins for insights into Harrogate’s heartbeat.
  5. Subscribe: The podcast in available on most audio platforms; Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts included.
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