Sounding the North East: raising awareness of sound in everyday life

  • Peter Stollery (Coordinator)

Impact: Cultural

Description of impact

This case study details the impact of research undertaken by Stollery over an extended period, where an engagement with place, in particular the northeast of Scotland, is central to creative output and resulting activities engaging with a range of different communities who are enabled to become more aware of the sound around them. The research has impacted upon people of all ages and musical abilities, not only through the dissemination of Stollery’s own practice, but also through his ability to encourage deeper listening and to facilitate creative practice amongst people who had not previously created music or sound works.

Outcomes to Date / Future Developments

Stollery’s research at the University of Aberdeen has changed how people think about the soundscape they live in and has enabled engagement with place through sound, with particular focus on NE Scotland. Stollery’s creative output and activities has influenced communities of all ages and musical abilities, enabling new modes of sound-exploration. Complementing this work in NE Scotland, Stollery has been collaboratively generating new ways of thinking about sound and how it impacts upon lives around the world. Stollery’s practice encourages deeper listening and reflection upon the role of sound in everyday living, leading to active participation in projects and the co-creation of work with communities. His most recent project, the COVID-19 Sound Map, has built upon models from NE Scotland (which has attracted attention from Google and the BBC) and encapsulates this co-creation and further demonstrates the impact of the research.
Impact statusImpact Completed (Open)
Impact date20142021
Category of impactCultural
Stage of ImpactEngagement