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Binghamton Historical Soundwalk

First Friday Community Soundwalk & Sound Art Experience!

Soundwalks begin and end at TechWorks!




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The Binghamton Historical Soundwalk Project uses sound to showcase Binghamton's history and inspire year-round residents and students alike.

There are two ways to enjoy the Binghamton Historical Soundwalk Project:

1) Take a guided walk along a one-mile stretch of downtown in which you will concentrate on the sense of listening and what you know and can learn about Binghamton through its sounds. Engage with artworks that amplify aspects of Binghamton's history. These walks will leave every 30 minutes from TechWorks! (321 Water St.). There will be a reception afterward with refreshments.

 2) Encounter the sound art installations on your own along the soundwalk route. An installation in the East End of the Water Street parking ramp will immerse listeners in the sounds of the Boscov’s Parking Ramp Dances held in the late 1970s-early 1980s by the American Dance Asylum. Another piece, in the northeast entrance to Boscov’s (nearest the parking ramp), examines the indigenous past and present of Binghamton, with a specific focus on the power of the Chenango River. A third art piece, behind Boscov’s on Dwight Street, challenges our historical memory and our present perspectives to reconsider what we consider “women’s work,” emphasizing women laborers’ roles in the 1890 Cigar Worker’s Strike and in the textile industry. Finally, Resonant Technologies, an audio art installation  at TechWorks! (321 Water St.) investigates technology, sound, history and the connections which emerge when we consider their relationships and interaction. Visitors are invited to explore these connections through a guided soundwalk which emphasizes three TechWorks! experiences:  Typewriters, Audio Technology, and Walk-in Pinhole Camera.

Resonant Technologies (1) explores the typewriter as an art object by playing sounds through transducer speakers and placing them in-between different models of typewriters. Resonant Technologies (2) focuses on the mediation of sound by audio technologies. Sounds produced from communication technologies, like telegraphic morse code, and by the machines themselves are amplified in this space. Resonant Technologies (3) is situated in TechWorks’ camera obscura room where a small lens projects the outside space as an inverted image inside the dark room. The sounds parallel the function of this room by projecting sounds from and outside space into an interior one to call attention to how our senses are interfacing collectively with these audio and visual technologies



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