The main issue I am having with my project is trying to find the most effective form of technology to communicate the sound to the listener. My original idea was to use QR codes and place them around the site so that people could find them, scan them with their smartphones, and stop and listen on a set of headphones. However, after designing a route for a short sound walk in class last week, I realized that the time to scan a code and use a browser or application to open the sound file would take away from the potentially meditative experience. It would be far more effective to have something emitting the sound files at each location – some kind of media player with headphones would be ideal. Unfortunately an installation like this would need to be in a secure location or guarded at all times, something that will not be possible with my project. A possible solution is a pre-downloaded playlist with clearly labeled track names or numbers so that the listener could follow a specific sound walk and just click “next” when they reached the next destination – much like an audio tour. I will try both the QR codes and the pre-downloaded track on some volunteers to get feedback as to which is more effective. I may end up creating posters/signs that have both these pieces of information so that someone with the playlist or a random passerby with no knowledge of the project would both be able to access the piece.
To document the piece, I plan to record a video from a first-person point of view and sync the corresponding audio clips with each location.