Hanoi Soundwalk 2013

Hanoi Soundwalk 2013

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Hanoi Soundwalk

Walk: Sat 13 Apr 2013, 4 pm
Saint Joseph Cathedral (Nhà Thờ Lớn), Hanoi

Workshop: Tue 09 Apr 2013, 8 pm
Manzi Art Space
14 Phan Huy Ích

From the organizer:

The Hanoi Soundwalk is a chance to ‘see’ the history of the city through sound. Experience the hidden sounds of the environment around you by going on a soundwalk. Simply bring along your smartphone (Android or Apple iOS), put on your headphones, and join us on the 13th April at 4pm for an audio tour unlike any other.

What can you expect? You might hear people of times past talking of the place which you’re standing in, you might hear a rickshaw creaking past or a train passing. Perhaps a broadcast from the radio evoking a bygone age, or a performance of long-forgotten music. But you’re in the driving seat, you can choose which parts of the city to linger on, discover more or move on to the next place, because the sound will change according to where you’re standing.

To find out more and get an idea what the Hanoi Soundwalk will be like, come along to Manzi on the 9th April for our workshop. We’ll instruct you how to set up your smartphone and get ready for the soundwalk.

This year the Locative Audio project is taking place in 11 cities around the world, with 11 different soundwalks happening at the same time. The concept of the project in 2013 is ‘Chronologies’, and investigates the living history of the city around us. The idea is to find and use recordings that explain and evoke the unseen aspects of places within Hanoi.

The Hanoi Soundwalk 2013 is happening at the same time as the Hanoi Soundstuff Festival 2013, founded and coordinated by Trí Minh. Hanoi Soundstuff this year will have a full roster of international performing artists visiting Hanoi, and draws in crowds from all over South East Asia.

Join us on facebook here.

To participate, please register here.

Hanoi Soundwalk is looking for volunteers with a smartphone and headphones to help blind children to join the experience. We would like to invite volunteers who have a smartphone (running Android or Apple iOS) and a high-quality pair of headphones (these are essential requirements to participate in the event).  It would be an advantage if you spoke Vietnamese. If you think you fulfil the requirements and you’d like to help, just drop us an email at [email protected] stating your name, contact details and make of smartphone, and that you’ll be free on the 13th April.

Photo credit: Sebastien Gesell


  1. yeah, me too! I think it is very sad that the “no-high-tech persons” are not allowed to this event!
    You don’t have MP3 version?


  2. As part of the event organization team, I’m also not particularly happy about the “elitist” aspect of those requirements, but please understand that the whole concept of the soundwalk is that sounds are played depending on your location: this is simply impossible to achieve without GPS. We’re looking into solutions to be able to lend equipment, but that’s a serious logistics issue.

  3. Awesome event. I would like to do volunteer but I miss the high quality headphones part. Is that alright?

  4. Hang, I believe these are in-ear, and isolate you a bit from the outside noise, don’t they? That should be good enough.

    Anyway, we’ve managed to set up a partnership with a headphone retailer who’ll kindly lend us a few pairs for the walk — we’ll give more details about that soon –, so don’t let that be a blocking concern, and register anyway!

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