Leiden (Un)Heard - public and private gatherings

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This series of four Leiden soundwalks invites you to listen to Leiden through other “ears,” using recording techniques to give us new perspectives on known places or to listen in on spaces that usually go unheard. This soundwalk is dedicated to those moments when Leiden comes together, out on the streets and squares, in churches, by memorials, or in private society halls. As our public spaces grow quieter, what does communal remembering, mourning, or celebrating sound like in Leiden? The quiet, solo sound of weaving forms a sonic contrast.

What frequencies can both humans and mice hear in Central Station? How does a bridge sound through contact mics? What does the outside world sound like within a WWII bunker or from a sensitive microphone tuned into the vibrations of the earth? How does turning the pages of a 400 year old book or a weaver working on a 200 year old loom sound? Hopefully these (Un)Heard sounds will give your ears a listen into the sonic possibilities of this cities and what can be discovered through listening everywhere you go!

Sharon Stewart
Sharon Stewart



The Echoes

1_Listening to an evening in the indoor skittle alley_

Here we listen in on kegelclub De Braassem – one of the six skittles or nine pins clubs of De Herens…

2_The rhythms of wood: loom and organ_

In the front room of Museum Het Leids Wevershuis, experienced weaver Anneke Fennema weaves a tea tow…

3_Imagining the sounds of the Beestenmarkt_

As you are walking toward the Beestenmarkt (animal market), use your auditory imagination to go back…

4_King’s Day and fun fairs on the Beestenmarkt_

Listen to the sounds of a fun fair during Koningsdag (King's Day) on 27 April 2022. Voices of kids a…

5_The last trip of the Blue Tram – 1961_

The Leiden-Den Haag blue trams were a beloved means of transportation in Leiden that served from 192…

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