How a Sound Walk in Harlem Blends History, Nature, and Opera.

Using location-based audio to explore stories of the mythical, natural, and built environments.

A person sits on a bench in Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem, New York wearing headphones, listening to a site-specific sound walk. A blue figure of a deer is layered on top of the image to hint at the story being told during the sound walk, which is about a one-antlered deer that walked through the streets of Harlem, New York in 2016.
Photo by Elizabeth Felicella | Graphic Design by Still Room

What inspired the sound walk?

What was the process, from initial concept to finished sound walk, like?

A person is sitting and leaning against a rail in Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem, New York while listening to a sound walk with headphones on. Nearby are trees, plants, and a concrete walking path.
A person is sitting and leaning against a rail in Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem, New York while listening to a sound walk with headphones on. Nearby are trees, plants, and a concrete walking path.
Photo by Elizabeth Felicella

Can you expand on how you collaborated with performers and historical consultants?

What do you hope listeners will take away from this experience?

What’s next?

What advice do you have for other artists who might be interested in working with location-based audio?

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