Hearing Homelessness

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Hugh Huddy meets people who are street homeless in Cardiff and experiences with them what they hear at night and what it means to them.

In 3D sound, we hear the auditory environment at night from a homeless person's perspective: the relentless, monotonous backdrop of traffic noise, the sense of threat and chaos as revellers pass by, the relief of hearing the first train of the day and the dawn chorus break as you’ve made it through another night.

Hugh is a sound artist who lost his sight in his twenties and uses sounds to navigate the world and map out a picture in his mind of what is around him. He extrapolates the layers of a soundscape and interprets its depths.

The programme is made using binaural recording, which allows the listener to hear the world through someone else’s ears, as though the sound is coming from beyond their head. They're placed in a location through sound, and through this immersion they come away with a very personal understanding of what life is like for someone living a very different life to them, right under their nose.

The experience of street homelessness at night, through binaural sound.

Hugh Huddy meets people who are street homeless and hears their personal experiences through sound. We listen to the soundscape of the city with him as he considers the auditory environment at night from their perspective: the relentless, monotonous backdrop of traffic noise, the sense of threat and chaos as revelers pass by, the relief of hearing the first train of the day and the dawn chorus break as you’ve made it through another night.

Hugh’s perspective is already quite different as he lost his sight in his 20’s and he uses sounds to navigate the world and map out a picture in his mind of what is around him. Hugh extrapolates the layers of a soundscape and interprets it’s depths.

The programme is made using binaural recording, which allows the listener to hear the world through someone else’s ears, as though the sound is coming from beyond their head. They are placed in a location through sound, and the listener - through immersion - comes away with a very personal understanding of what life is like for someone living a very different life to them, right under their nose.