Take a Soundwalk down memory lane

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At the same time as Hanoi Soundstuff Festival 2013, this year's Hanoi Soundwalk will have a full roster of international performing artists visiting the capital, drawing in crowds from all over South East Asia.

Hanoi Soundwalk 2013, beginning 4 p.m. on April 13 at the Nha Tho Lon (Saint Joseph Cathedral) in Hoan Kiem District, is a chance to "˜see' the history of the city through sound.

The project concept,  "˜Chronologies',  investigates the living history of the city, by finding and using recordings that "explain and evoke the unseen aspects of places within Hanoi," organizers say.

Josh Kopecek, who is hosting in the event in collaboration with Mathias Rossignol, Dinh Le Van and Tri Minh (organizer of the Hanoi Soundstuff Festival), said the sound show is part of the larger Locative Audio project, which this year runs in 11 cities worldwide at the same time.

For the audio tour, audiences are requested to bring along their smartphones (Android or Apple iOS) to experience the hidden sounds of the environment around them.

After donning their headphones that are connected to the smartphones, they have to fire up the given application and start walking. The sounds are activated by their position, so to hear more the audiences have to walk further.

The audio tour will start at Nha Tho Lon and end at the Dong Xuan Market, so there's plenty of history to discover, this part of town having been a bustling trade center for at least a thousand years.

The audience might hear people of times past talking of the place which they're standing in; a rickshaw creaking past or a train passing; a broadcast on the radio evoking a bygone age; or a performance of long-forgotten music.

But since the participants in the driving seat, they can choose which parts of the city to linger on, discover more or move on to the next place, because the sound will change according to where they're standing.

To find out more and get an idea of what the Hanoi Soundwalk means, organizers will hold a workshop at Manzi Art Space on April 9 to instruct the audience on how to set up the smartphone and get ready for the event.

Hanoi Soundwalk is also looking for volunteers who have smartphones (running Android or Apple iOS) and a high-quality pair of headphones to help blind children join and enjoy the experience.
Nha Tho Lon is located at 40 Nha Chung Street, and Manzi Art Space is at 14 Phan Huy Ich Street.

For more information look up www.facebook.com/hanoisoundwalk or email hanoisoundwalk@gmail.com.

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