A while ago we put up a couple of posts examining the impact of the ipod/walkman revolution on how we perceive and experience the cityscape. Audio devices are standard wear in the city and with them the user is immersed in a ‘MTV World’ where the city is the video and the traditional experience of urbanity is lost to a dub beat or a guitar riff.
To illustrate this point is our walk this afternoon down Tottenham Court Road while listening to Utah Saints:
Audio spaces are a developing area of interest and Matt Collins, a final year student studying Multimedia Technology and Design at Brunel Unversity, has come up with merging peoples audio choice with GPS data. Matts project is entitled ‘Here are our Journeys‘ the work explores people’s interaction with music they listen to and the journeys they take. Using data logged by user’s iPods’ and GPS units’ the project collates people’s journeys’ and then represents them online where they can be shared with others.
It is well worth taking a look at Matt’s site and the journeys uploaded and visualised so far via the freely available software: Here are our Journeys.