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.
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.
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.