Full Brochure of the project here: noTours
WHAT IS NOTOURS?
noTours is a project by the collective Escoitar.org that allows editing a place with sounds. This means that you can attach sounds to a territory and that later, when you go physically to that place, you can listen to them. The trick is using our noTours Android Application that detects your location (via GPS) and plays your audios exactly in the place where you decided. It is as easy as going to our editor, creating your user and starting to edit a map with your sounds. Finally you will need our Android application for enjoying the soundwalk. We can send you a demo if you are interested. In that case, please contact us.
In fact, you don´t have to do anything else than loading the walk and opening the app in you phone. The device gets your location and manage audios and effects. For a better understanding of editing and installing the application, please go to our tutorial.
In this release of noTours your edited sound walks are only available for you and for the friends you want to share them.
AN EXAMPLE OF A PROJECT: NOVARS RESEARCH CENTER – GEOLOCATED WALKS @ MANCHESTER
noTours proposes an augmented aurality experience. In other words, you can add a new layer of reality to your place. You can leave messages, tell stories, create geolocated concerts or just share your thoughts.
The team of noTours.org is looking forward to know your ideas and your possible uses. In fact we are artists and developers. Take a look at some of the sound walks we have made in the world.
CONTEXT [Sound as a producer of sense]
Every place, as every inhabited space, is loaded with a meaning, with a historical and relational identity that has been made out of an individual or collective process of memory. It is the result of our listening acts. Each environment and moment are inexorably tied to concrete sounds that characterize, identify and individualize them from the acoustics of other spaces or contexts. The sound that surrounds us and the sounds that we produce while a conscious or unconscious act have become an interesting material relevant to the artistic creation, the anthropology, philosophy, architecture, urbanism, ecology, history, psychology… In this context the project NoTours proposes and strategy for assuming the sound complexity of a territory, for understanding how much the sound is informing us about a that place and for elaborating new ways of knowledge and expression for the ear, avoiding the silence and the usual frontality of the vision, always with the intention of creating new possible sensible cartographies of the place that surrounds us.
CREDITS – PROJECT TEAM
Enrique Tomás (Engineer and sound artist, Madrid/Linz), Juan-Gil López (Musicologist and sound artist, Santiago de Compostela), Chiu Longina (Anthropologist and sound artist, Vigo), Horacio González (Artist and programer, Santiago de Compostela) and Berio Molina (Artist and programer, Lugo).
If you are interested in testing our application or you need further information about the project don´t hesitate to contact us:
Phone: +43 664 2076 329 / +34 696 5249 15
ultranoise.es [at] gmail [dot] com