‘Isle of Sound’ by Emily Peasgood creates new soundscapes for Thanet’s railway stations using a community driven method of gathering sounds. More info from the Turner Contemporary website:
Isle of Sound is the first artwork created for the new Creative Isle Community Rail Partnership, a new initiative by Turner Contemporary in collaboration with Thanet District Council and support from Southeastern. The CICRP aims to work with local communities and artists, to engage with their local stations and the rail network through developing creative interventions at the stations. The partnership cover’s the line and all seven stations on the route in Thanet – Birchington-on-Sea, Westgate-on-Sea, Margate, Broadstairs, Dumpton Park, Ramsgate, and Minster.
Isle of Sound aims to celebrate the sonic diversity and uniqueness of different parts of Thanet. Emily Peasgood has created a unique soundscape for each of the 7 Thanet train stations, with sounds familiar to each Thanet town contributing to the composition. Each soundscape has been composed using field recordings and sounds recorded and submitted by community groups local to each of the stations, with over 100 people from across the Isle attending online workshops with Emily to develop and record sounds to contribute to the project. Each of the 7 compositions form one masterwork which can be heard on the Turner Contemporary website.