The Sounds of the Cultural Quarter

Posted by er134 at Mar 21, 2014 03:44 PM |
New University of Leicester project to investigate sounds of city’s past and present

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 21 March 2014

A new project being run by the University of Leicester is investigating the sounds of the Cultural Quarter. It will be holding drop-in sessions at Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre between 3pm-7pm on Thursday 27 March and Thursday 3 April.

Archival material about the Cultural Quarter/St George’s area will be on display and the project is looking for volunteers to create historic and modern audio trails and soundscapes under the guidance of composer and sound artist Dr Andrew Hill of De Montfort University.

Forty years ago the Cultural Quarter was a very different place. It hummed with the sound of hosiery machinery and the bustle of industry; the NCP car park was Leicester’s wholesale market; the LCB Depot was a bus depot; Athena was the Odeon cinema; most of the blocks of flats in the area were factories or warehouses. Over the years the sights, sounds and smells of the area have changed dramatically. We want to record how people feel about this area and how this might have changed over time - what sounds could you hear then and how does this compare with what you can hear today?

We are particularly interested in the sights, sounds and smells of the 1970s-1990s but would welcome people with memories from any era. In addition, on Thursday 3 April there will be sound walks around the Cultural Quarter throughout the afternoon.

For anyone interested in working with sound, or anyone just wanting to reminisce about the recent past, this is a great opportunity to explore the history of this fascinating part of Leicester.

This project is part of ‘Affective Digital Histories’, a project being run from 1 October 2013 to 31 March 2015 by the University of Leicester with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


Notes to editors:

For further information, interviews etc. contact:

Colin Hyde, East Midlands Oral History Archive.

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