Shazam Walks & Voice Notes 1 – Gillett Square

An abstract DJ performance made from music field-recorded in Gillett Square, East London, and tracks Shazam’d from the recordings.

Broadcast via livestream on the Crux AV Facebook page (04/20) and as part of Virtual BEAST FEasT 2020: Come Together (05/20).

Binaural version (best listened to on headphones) –

The main focus of my current solo work is urban soundscape composition. I have been recording the musical life of markets, squares and parks in densely-populated urban areas, and using the app Shazam to identify the music that is played. Fragments of the recorded audio and the original tracks are then used as counterpoints in abstract DJ performances. This project has developed in critical relation to the legacy of the World Soundscape Project and its often anti-urban aesthetics and politics. In contrast, my work seeks to celebrate the ‘noise’ that contemporary urban planning seeks to silence through gentrification.

This piece explores the sonic landscape of Gillett Square in Dalston, East London, which was founded as publicly-funded development to provide both genuinely affordable local business spaces and a multi-purpose communal area for local people to gather and listen to music.  It is home to NTS Radio, The Vortex Jazz Club and the Dalston Culture House. The square’s future is currently very uncertain in the face of further development.

Some more info on the Gillett Square development: www.gillettsquarecommunityasset.org/2019/06…e-lost/