Sick! Festival presents MINDSCAPES: Soundpaths, Manchester


Price: Free


Two young men are holding Microphones up to a bush. The background is dark and it seems to be a photo taken at night.

Explore Moston & Harpurhey in a brand-new way using music and sound through your phone.

Think you know all about where you live?

Think again, as Soundpaths provides a breath of fresh air in more ways than one.

Whether you’re looking to explore the neighbourhood, take a gentle stroll or go for an energetic run, Soundpaths will take you on a sonic journey through the parks and streets of Moston and Harpurhey via music and sound from a phone app. Feel your mood lift as GPS tracks where you are along the route, changing the soundtrack to boost your physical and mental wellbeing.

Amsterdam-based composer Yonatan Collier has been working with communities in Moston and Harpurhey, and Brighter Sound, recording the hums of nature and the urban landscape and incorporating them into his music, creating an experience that is both new and familiar. You’ll even hear a sermon from St Dunstan’s Church woven into the music as you pass by. Maybe you’ll experience your local area in a whole new way, see beauty where you hadn’t before and create new memories about a place you thought you knew.

Yonatan Collier is a musician, performer, composer and sound producer. He has been signed to both major and independent labels, performing in several bands at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe. His music has been featured in TV shows and films, and he’s currently working on a PhD.

Soundpaths is part of MINDSCAPES, a series of brand new artworks and online events happening in Manchester during Spring 2021.

It explores how the world around us – our homes, our streets, our cities – affects our mental health and the way we feel about our lives, in both positive and negative ways.

There’ll be public artworks, online games, poetry on the streets and an interactive phone app giving you a whole new perspective on where you live, and much more.

The app leads the user on a tour around the streets and parks of Moston and Harpurhey. The route is 5 km (3 miles) long in total. You do not have to do the whole route to enjoy this experience but can access the soundscapes where ever you want along the route. The majority of the route is wheelchair accessible, however, there are some hilly parts.


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