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In September 2013, Andra McCartney was invited to be keynote presenter at the Expanding Ecomusicologies symposium at the Centre for Music, Media and Place at Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland. She led a soundwalk, consisting of two movements: first, a twenty-minute group walk along the campus’ grass, gravel and marshy paths; and second, a thirty-minute walk where listeners were encouraged to move through a market (and surrounding area) in smaller clusters. Both parts of the soundwalk were followed by a discussion.
As Andra discussed with the group after the second part of the walk, this particular method for soundwalking was developed while preparing for another walk at a market in Hamilton, ON. In the lead-up to the latter, Andra received a letter from one of the market’s vendors addressing how he perceived the practice of soundwalking to be bourgeois, and…
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