A beach hut, which plays an atmospheric soundtrack inspired by the coast, has begun its journey around the country in the North-East.
Electronic pop star Martyn Ware, who was a founder member of both Heaven 17 and The Human League, has developed audio for the project and was in Seaham, County Durham, today (Wednesday, July1) for its launch.
Next week the installation will move on to Orford Ness, Suffolk and finish up in Porthgain, Pembrokeshire.
Visitors are invited to enter the mini sound booth where they can record their thoughts about what the coast means to them.
Mr Ware, who is from Sheffield, said:
“I was very happy to do it because I have done a lot of projects concerned with preserving the acoustic ecology and recording people’s memories.
“In the case of this area and the post-industrial location, maybe people’s memories of sound that used to occur in the industrial parts of town, when there used to be a big community here, has changed.”
The recordings that people make in the hut will be used as contributions towards One and All, an online digital artwork combining audio visual and interactive landscapes.
It has been commissioned by Trust New Art, the National Trust’s contemporary arts programme, and sounduk.