Sonic Kayaks - sound mapping workshop

A free workshop to design a new sound map for the Sonic Kayak, to make it possible for people with visual impairments to kayak independently at a lake site in Cornwall.

For this event we'll be working with Access Lizard Adventure who have substantial experience in accessible kayaking, and will make sure everything we do is safe. We'll also be joined by pioneering music maker Kaffe Matthews, who gives immediate ways in to unfamiliar sound and music for wide ranging audiences.

Together we'll record new sounds and place them on a map of a lake to design and test a musical score over the waterscape. The sounds will automatically be triggered to play through speakers on the kayak when the paddler travels into particular areas. This way we can mark out potential hazards using sound. The Sonic Kayaks are also fitted with environmental sensors, with the environmental data sonified in real-time, allowing the paddler to explore the underwater environment through sound.

The workshop is open to anyone with a visual impairment - all equipment will be provided (including kayaks, paddles, safety equipment and wetsuits), but you'll need to bring warm clothes, swimwear and a towel. You're also welcome to bring any instruments, stories or poems you'd like to record, but this is by no means required! Lunch will also be provided. The location is to be confirmed, but will be in South West Cornwall (between Penryn and Hayle). To register your interest, or for more information, drop us an email.

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