WHAT IS IT?

Eavesdrop is a sound installation taking place in Otley over the summer of 2021. It will document recordings of wildlife native to Otley and it’s surrounding nature reserves using custom built binaural field recorders supplied by interactive arts studio ‘Invisible Flock’. When played back on headphones these recordings give the illusion of a virtual 3D space, transporting you to a wildlife rich sound world.

 

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

I’m collecting suggestions and stories from members of the various wildlife groups around Otley. If you have a particular species you think should be highlighted or know of a great place to capture the sounds of wildlife around Otley, there’s an online form where you can submit your suggestions and stories and help to shape Eavesdrop.

SUBMIT SUGGESTIONS HERE

If you’d like to be kept up to date with when the installation goes live please sign up to the mailing list below.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The audio captured over the course of the spring and summer will provide the inspiration and materials for a series of immersive sound pieces and accompanying musical compositions. Plaques displaying QR codes will be installed in 5 locations throughout Otley; Gallows Hills, Courthouse Square, Market Square, The Black Horse Yard and The White House, each linking to their own unique soundscape.

Binaural recordings of these spaces will be blended with the field recordings and it’s musical underscore giving the illusion of wildlife sonically permeating and gradually taking over these spaces. Listeners will be able to access the recordings via their smart phone and a set of headphones. You will be encouraged to seek out each of these QR code “stations” leading you on a trail around Otley, gradually revealing a sonic narrative and ultimately ending up in the heart of the Chevin itself.

 

WHEN?

The installation will launch as part of Otley Walking Festival on 26th June and run throughout the summer finishing at Otley Wildlife Arts Festival on 2nd October.

FUNDED AND SUPPORTED BY

Otley & Yeadon Ward Councillors