Archive: Issue No. 58, June 2002

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Richard Fitzgerald

Sound Award


www.soundawards.org

"The interplay of the urban surround with the elements. Regular like respiration: ceaseless air-conditioning units, wind howling past concrete escarpments, the chime of sewer flows rising gently through drainage shafts. Awards are given to these sounds which are as monuments to an unrecorded sonic history." - Greyworld

Greyworld orchestrates the Sound Awards to identify and draw attention to sounds as experienced in specific locations around the world. Each Sound Award is included in a database, and a distinctive black and yellow plaque is installed at the physical location. The project began nine years ago, as a continuing installation in urban areas.

Greyworld founder Andrew Shoben visited South Africa as an invited guest speaker at the fifth international Design Indaba earlier this year, during which time various Cape Town sounds were proposed for nomination. Extending this, Greyworld now invites further Sound Award suggestions from the public in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

To nominate a location for a Greyworld Sound Award, send your name, the location of the sound (city and street address), best hearing times, and any special notes by email to info@greyworld.org. Awards will be included in the database, and plaques will be placed at the location.

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