Open Song is a user generated geolocated soundscape by Inkahoots. It’s a song made by you by walking through a space.
Compose and listen to a song that is unique to your chosen route through Mudgeeraba’s Village Green (March 4 – 20). Upload or record sampled sound and hear it played back as part of a database of user contributed samples that forms a constantly changing sonic composition. Open Song evokes a deep creative engagement with a place.
It's Easy To Play:
Bring your internet enabled device and headphones to the Village Green, cnr Railway Street and Swan Lane Mudgeeraba
Go to the menu and press 'begin'
Choose to upload or record sampled sound, or just move slowly through the space composing a song with automatically triggered random samples
Your uploads will be added to the sound bank for others to experience
Do it again and compose a different song by walking a different route
Open Song was conceived and produced by Inkahoots with contributions by Kev Carmody, year 6 students from Mudgeeraba State School and Somerset College, and Tailor Made. It was commissioned for Bleach Festival 2016.
Open Song explores ideas of composing with chance based on the Dadaists découpé and the cut-up technique’s later development by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs.
It combines these ideas with the Situationists’ notions of psychogeography and dérive – touring through urban landscapes directed by the feelings evoked by the surroundings, experiencing the “specific effects of the geographical environment (whether consciously organised or not) on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.” Open Song harnesses digital technologies to extend these ideas towards collective and collaborative experiences.
Special thanks to: Cr Glenn Tozer for his support; Salvador Cantellano for the pioneers’ stories; Corey Enggist from Tailor Made for his production assistance; Andy Wilmott from Soular Music for help with Kev Carmody’s contribution; Brendan Fletcher and the ABC for use of his ‘Songman’ documentary; Jared Bazley and Corey Walker for assistance with the video; and Louise Bezzina, Julia Bridger and Claire Oldfield from Bleach Festival for making it all happen.