Stenness Beach
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Sunday, April 30, 2023
Stenness, Northmavine, Shetland
Janette Kerr and Jo Millet

The soundscape encourages you to re-imagine the beach as a hive of activity, where communities of fishermen and traders made temporary homes over the summer months.  Placed in the landscape are audio fragments of sounds and voices. The readings are taken from observations of early travellers visiting Stenness, and archival documents directly relating to the deep sea, or ‘haaf’ fishing: agreements binding men to the summer fishing, indebtedness, accounts of storms and loss of life, and even what the fishermen bought for their tea – so you will encounter many different voices. The map of the beach indicates the area containing twenty sound clouds – it’s up to you to discover them. Take your time; slow down, and absorb the place and sounds as you meander around the beach. Your entrance into a sound pool will be heralded by changes in the background sound – you might hear the crash of a wave, a bell ringing, a seabird calling, or even a ludder horn. Sound will change as you walk in and out of the sound pools.

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Stenness sound-walk has been made collaboratively by artists Jo Millett, Janette Kerr, assisted by artist Rob Gawthrop. It merges recordings of sounds and spoken word, and uses locative technology developed by Satsymph LLP.

Satsymph (Marc Yeats, Ralph Hoyte, Phill Phelps) are an artists’ collective creating interactive soundworlds layered over real-world locations