Sound Education

Education is at the core of everything we do. Since our founding, we have been using educational sound experiences, to develop pedagogies which are aimed at creating new ways for our clients to engage with the concept of sustainability.

Our generation is confronting a myriad of pressing political, economic, social and environmental issues which are becoming increasingly intractable. New approaches to dealing with these challenges are urgently needed.  We believe sound provides a unique avenue to better understand these issues and that the process of immersive listening can serve as an important tool to address them.

We give lectures, run workshops/retreats, create immersive sound experiences, and make bespoke sound installations.  Soundwalks in both urban and rural settings are also key to our educational experiences.

Case Study

With our partner Wicked Weather Watch we are using sound to engage young people with the concept of sustainability and specifically the issue of climate change.  Through the creation of immersive sound experiences, coupled with science based visual presentations, we have created an interactive educational experience which engages young people with the science, impacts and policy implications of climate change.  Sound has proved an important medium to present the issue of climate change in new and powerful ways.

What our clients think…

Fantastic, very inspiring and clear messages. The children were very absorbed.
At WWW, our mission is to inspire young people to care about climate change through fun, interactive, informative and memorable education. Sound Matters embodies all of these, using a unique blend of visuals, sound and storytelling to ignite young people’s imaginations, to teach them about their local and global environment and why the Earth – our only home – matters and should be protected. Last October, at our ‘Arctic Extravaganza’ in Bristol, 102 primary school children were blown away by how our amazing world sounds, describing the session with Sound Matters as ‘awesome,’ ‘really inspirational’ and of course learning that ‘the didgeridoo sounds amazing!’ We can’t wait to partner with Sounds Matters again.
Gill Johnson
Wicked Weather Watch
The presentation was fantastic, integrating entertainment and science to enhance communication. The unique way in which a lecture was mixed with audiovisuals and audience participation made for a great experience. The whole experience was really enjoyable and highlighted the main environmental issues facing the world and working towards becoming more sustainable. The excellent mix of a lecture and audio features made the experience both fun and informative
PhD Student
University College London
The truly unique element about the “Sound Matters” presentation was people’s reaction to the experience. It really hit home for many of them, something that rarely happens in mainstream environmental talks nowadays. I can only hope that everyone has the chance to experience Sound Matters, but in particular, I wish every changemaker could feel that deep sense of connection and aliveness to our planet.
Chief Empathy Officer
Akasha Innovation
The presentation was excellent and learning to engage with the debates and values of sustainability debates through engaging with sounds offered a brilliant alternative to the usual powerpoint style of lecture on the subject. Telling stories about sustainability through sound offers a fresh perspective that can be inclusive and non-didactic. In other words, it doesn’t have to tell you what to think about sustainability but rather presents the changing landscape of sound and offers us to consider how we relate to that and whether we think this is a good thing or not. Sound, like other artforms, thus presents opportunities to engage with the affects of sustainability in novel ways that reduce the usual focus on endless streams of information flow and (often) bad news. The stories combined with the sounds is different from anything I had previously experienced. Mike is an excellent orator! An entertaining, but serious; enervating, but sobering; and comedic, yet tragic presentation. Sound Matters will challenge those who already think they know what the real challenges of sustainability are all about as well as open up fresh perspectives for those still trying to grapple with the meanings and values implicated in concerns about the environment.
Lecturer in Human Geography
University College London
I endorse your novel way of presentation. I looked around and you had the audience totally engrossed.
UCL Hazard Research Centre
The Sound Matters collaboration between musician and activist academic can move you emotionally and intellectually. A new environmental movement must be spearheaded by this kind of inspiring symbiosis…Be prepared to experience a physical response to the work of Sound Matters. The orchestration of environmental issues and sounds from the planet take you on a symphonic journey through dissonance to harmony.
Syracuse University, London
Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning

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If you have an idea or project in mind or would like to ask us any questions, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

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