Sound Adventures


Sound Adventures

Inviting participants to take their first steps on a journey into sound and music technology, Sound Adventures was a free online six-week course for girls and young people of marginalised genders aged 11-16 across Kirklees.

Led by sound artist Jo Kennedy with technical assistance from Charlotte Rowe, it was delivered in partnership with Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre under the umbrella of Our Biennale, a festival of culture created by and for the young people of Kirklees.

The course offered participants opportunities to learn essential skills used by professional music producers and sound artists, including how to make good quality audio recordings and use a DAW (digital audio workstation) to edit and sculpt sound. Using the free Echoes app, sounds created were then imaginatively ‘geolocated’ to build immersive soundwalks with an environmental theme, that people can experience using their smartphones.

Covid-19 restrictions prohibited indoor group meetings while Sound Adventures ran during March and April 2021, challenging us to deliver the entire course online. The content was designed so that between sessions participants could complete tasks safely in their homes or outside in their local area. And although a smartphone and a laptop or other computer were needed to take part, no specialist sound equipment was required, with recording achieved through phone-based apps and editing carried out using freely downloadable software. Completion of the course could also be used to gain Arts Award Discover accreditation.



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