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How are some of Scotland’s diverse communities discovering the joys of sound art? Join the new generation of noise-makers, as they get creative with their sonic environments.

How are some of Scotland’s diverse communities discovering the joys of sound art? Join the new generation of noise-makers, as they get creative with their sonic environments.

The very idea of sonic art is, for many, a complete turn-off. It can feel exclusive, challenging, and even threatening. Yet in some surprising places, creative noise-making is capturing the imagination.

In Glasgow, audio innovators from a variety of backgrounds are collecting sounds around them, then shaping their recordings into playful, bizarre and beautiful compositions.

What attracts these new noise-makers? How does their work smash sonic stereotypes? And, who’s listening?

Radio producer Steve Urquhart spends time with emerging sound recordists – including unaccompanied young asylum seekers exploring their new audio environments, and people with disabilities crafting original work for an experimental art radio station.

“To go into the sound landscapes, there’s depth and openness, and valleys…”

“Around Possilpark we found the really cool sounds in puddles, bottles, squeaky doors…”

“Can I make a joyous noise here? That’d be dead good!”

Featuring work created with:
Maryhill Integration Network
New Young Peers Scotland
Project Ability
Radiophrenia
Young People’s Futures, Possilpark

Produced and presented by Steve Urquhart
A Boom Shakalaka production for BBC Radio 4

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28 minutes

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Mon 2 Dec 2019 21:00

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