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Soundwalks for Climate Change

£375,000 Dundee Climate Fund – Your Vote Decides!

Dundee Climate Fund has accepted NEoN’s proposal for collaboration with Dundee Sound Collective and has moved to public voting. Funding will now be awarded based on a public vote on selected local projects.

Our Proposal

Dundee Sound Collective is a group of sound artists working to connect communities with their environment through sound and listening. In partnership with NEoN Digital Arts, we will lead local groups on free sound walks and field recording workshops. Focusing on the hidden detail of our environments – the depth of flora and fauna, how much we can hear when we actively listen – allows us to consider the breadth of the impact of climate change around us. Six workshops will take place in and around Dundee over a year; each focused on a different theme, such as birds of the Tay Reedbeds or plants in the Botanic Garden. The recordings gathered will be used to create an online sound map of Dundee that can be community updated and track the impact of climate change on our soundscape.

The practice of sound walking can be powerful for highlighting climate problems – traffic noise drowns out birdsong; marine industrialisation reduces the biodiversity of our waters. Introducing groups to this practice can raise awareness of the issues we face.

The collective has experience working with schools, universities and other young people to help them learn about sound walking and sound recording – we’ve previously held workshops with Hot Chocolate Trust, YPC, Soundbase, Dundee University and Abertay University. We aim to extend these workshops to the whole community to help people gain hands-on experience with sound equipment and recording techniques and to reconnect with the river and nature around us. We love collaborating with local experts to study our local wildlife more deeply.

Dundee Climate Fund

The voting stage is open until the 24th of March, 2023. 

The public vote will determine who the funding will be awarded to. The process will be conducted online through Dundee’s Voice. Voting will take place simultaneously on all applications. Voting is only open to Dundee residents. As part of the voting process, each voter allocates the entire budget available to proposals of their choice until it has been spent. Following the voting stage, the projects will be ranked, and the ones with the most votes will be funded.