Sound Research

We use sound, and the act of immersive listening, to understand the world, identify key issues and collect data about these issues.  We are currently working with a number of universities and think-tanks to explore the sonification of data, linked to sustainability issues, for public engagement and communication. 

The way much research is currently undertaken into sustainability provides only very limited ways of ‘knowing’ the world.  As such, research rarely leads to profound behavioural change.  We believe sound can provide both new and innovative ways of engaging with pressing issues and, importantly, can help transform peoples’ behaviour in ways that may lead to more sustainable futures.

We listen to the sounds that are generated by the issues we are aiming to understand.  We then use sound to present data and create a narrative about these issues.  Since all our research is applied, we seek to create meaningful impact by using our research in ways that aim to facilitate behavioural change.

Case study

Alongside our partners Commonland and Asociación AlVelAl we are involved in projects in the Altiplano de Granada, Los Vélez and Alto Almanzora region of southern Spain. These projects are aimed at restoring degraded landscapes using the principle of 4 Returns – Return of Inspiration, Return of Social Capital, Return of Natural Capital and the Return of Financial Capital.  Our specific contribution to the overall project is to explore how soundscape restoration can be used as an innovative way to ensure landscape restoration initiatives are effective and sustainable.  Through the use of sound and the identification of indicator soundmarks for healthy social, economic and natural environments we are able to help  create systemic restoration approaches.  Through listening to the land, and the people who farm it and inhabit it, we are collecting sonic data from the region that we are using to inspire people to create more vibrant soundscapes – soundscapes  that are sustainable and that encourage the return of both human, and more-than-human life, to a region that is in a state of social, economic and environmental decline.

What our clients think…

The soundscape restoration project connects local musicians, millennial cultural heritage and an unique environment to make people aware about the challenges we have in southeast Spain to become resilient to climate change, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and depopulation. With the 4 returns approach, this project contributes to the return of inspiration, giving local people self-esteem and proud based on their long musical tradition. Soundscape restoration has got an holistic view of sustainable development restoring landscape by agriculture and culture. It’s an honour and a big pleasure be a Little part of this innovative Project.
Coordinator of the Commission for Culture
Educaction and Tourism od AlVelAl and Deputy Mayor of Vélez Blanco.
Using sound and music as powerful tools to inspire the restoration of degraded landscapes, Soundmatters puts forward a pioneering approach to help reverse the most acute global challenge we face nowadays: the degradation of nature. Mike and Harry’s ability to connect with local people, their knowledge and sensitivity towards nature, in addition to their technical mastery, makes working with Soundmatters a truly joyful, revitalising and meaningful experience.
Inspiration for Action

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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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