e124 promenade – how do you soundwalk?

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I decided to go for a walk this morning here in Kitchener, Ontario. A soundwalk.. Just because it’s something to do; to be connected to a place. 

This is a settlement of course : a city.

What I try to do is listen to sounds past, present, and future at the same time. How does one do that? 

It’s mostly about feeling our way through what was here, and what I assume was forested lands. What is here now is mostly asphalt, brick houses and a few trees. In the future, one could hope that it would come back to a more natural state, in one way or another, but it might also just become what the planet is becoming, which is devastated by climate change and living with the consequences of tipping points that we will have passed. 

So listening in that sense is important to our everyday lives because it can inform us to understand the past, experience the present and anticipate the future. 

So what’s happening here now? It’s a very windy day. It’s almost too much for this recorder. I’m just walking on the street, noticing as much as I can and feeling the wind on my skin, of course. You can hear that there are birds. 

It’s February 26th, 2023, and there are all kinds of little things going on, rattling…

The trees speak to us in their language and I am walking with you, listening. That’s what a soundwalk is. 

Of course, the sound of cars are inevitable in the city and it’s nice when they’re spaced out like that because they can be quite beautiful, when they’re not too numerous. Though the relationship of gas powered vehicles to the environment is an ongoing concern. I’m always on that edge between appreciating the beauty of something and realizing its origins such as the impact of the manufacturing and use of these devices. I try not to pass judgment. I try simply to be in this moment and when it occurs, then I just let that information inform my being in the world. 

My question is : how do you soundwalk?


This episode was recorded on February 26, 2023 in Kitchener Ontario. 

I am grateful and accountable to the earth and the human labour that provided me with the privilege of producing this episode. (including all the toxic materials and extractive processes behind the computers, recorders, transportation and infrastructure that make this podcast possible).

My gesture of reciprocity for this episode is to the Anishnabeg Outreach in Kitchener.





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