“RIVERRUN “ by Danny McCarthy – A soundwalk on the banks of the Owenacurra River.
To co-inside with and as part of “World Listening Day” July 17th 2021 the international festival of listening Sound Artist Danny McCarthy has devised a sound walk along the banks of the Owenacurra River in Market Green, Midleton.
The public are invited to stroll along the banks of the river stopping at various appointed “Listening Points” and savour the various sounds of the river, observing the different sounds of the water and how it varies from point to point.
In 2020 we were forced to pause by an invisible virus. This brought countless consequences to the environment, and to the sonic environment in particular. New acoustic horizons emerged, signaling times of unquietness and global change, and requiring our listening awareness to evolve.
This piece is part of “World Listening Day” organised by World Listening Project and endorsed by the World Forum For Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) and the theme for 2021 “The Unquiet Earth” is an invitation to reflect on and engage with the constant murmur of the Earth, sounds beyond the threshold of human hearing, to remind ourselves that we share this mysterious and awesome planet. Small, hidden, subterranean, aerial, underwater, infra- and ultrasonic sounds, inaudible to the naked ear, can bring a new, potentially hopeful, perspective on the future of the planet and humanity. Listening as activism encourages us to question our attitudes as listeners as we aim to construct a more inclusive and empathetic new world.