11th December 2018

Breaking news and latest instructions:

There is a second version of the app called shuttle. It should work in the same way but gives a better experience, so say the app makers.

Download the new app shuttle

Choose smound from the list

Message from Frances Gill,

When I heard that there was to be a session about heritage, music and place in Chester at the theoretical archaeology group (TAG) conference I decided that it would be nice to reproduce the SOUNDmound somewhere in the vicinity of the event besides presenting the project in the session.

Caroline Pudney, senior university lecturer and specialist in Iron Age and Roman Britain, went for a walk around part of the university campus area in Chester to help me find a place to put it. I then installed the SOUNDmound, (now called smound for the Chester variant) using Caroline's suggested route (see the red dotted line on the map of the Parkgate campus).

In the last few days a new version of the app that I have been using has been released! This means that smound is currently available in two versions of the same app. Choose which ever one (although the app makers are now recommending the new Shuttle) then plug in your headphones and move around listening to twelve sound sculptures on a tour following a large oval path. The sound sculptures will only play when you are in an eleven-metre radius from their GIS coordinates.

Version one is called Tidsmaskinen. You need to enter the code - smound to download the sound installation.

Version two is called Shuttle. You find smound in a list and click on it (no need to enter a code to download).

Just one thing, because this has never been done West of the Greenwich meridian before, there is a stray GIS information point stuck somewhere on that line but the other coordinates for the ambient sounds that actually make the sound installation complete, are not affected. Don't be disconcerted, it should all still work!

Have fun and let me know what you think/feel about it, if you wish....and happy Christmas and all that stuff, or better still God Jul (meaning good wheel!).

This is an experimental heritage project funded by the Kamprad family charity.