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About Us – For Us (2021)

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posted on 2022-01-31, 16:18 authored by JOHN LOWNDESJOHN LOWNDES
Binaural version of About UsFor Us, a soundscape composition created in the West Everton and surrounding areas. It features the voices of three community members, alongside sounds recorded in the local area.

The name of the piece refers to West Everton Community Council’s (WECC) powerful principle: “nothing about us, without us, is for us.” As a collaboration between local residents (Adam Byrne, E and Ken Thompson) and an outside musician (John Lowndes), the sound work explores ethnographic, sonic representation in an area affected by austerity and the pandemic.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the work has been presented as a fixed, binaural work for headphone playback.

The visual image contains photographs taken by Ken Thompson and a map provided to me by Ann Roach of WECC. They are reproduced here with permission.


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