Everday Sounds‬: Exploring Sound Through Daily Life

'Everyday Sounds' presents its visitors a chance to engage with various sounds of urban life as well as sounds that escape one’s attention in daily life.

The content development, exhibition design and graphic design of the exhibition was realised by PATTU (Cem Kozar, Işıl Ünal), and the sound installations by sound designers Mine Erkaya and Ateş Erkoç.  The exhibition offers soundscape experiences in a range of scales from single spaces, to streets and the city.

The exhibition consists of different sections, starting with the question, “How do people perceive the sounds in the environments in which they exist?” and continuing with an interactive installation where sounds lost in the daily pace of life can be identified. In the next section, the sound installation “Another Day in the City”, with its screenplay and editing by Vassilis Danellis, and moving images by Hürcan Emre Yılmazer, presents sounds recorded on the street together with special sound effects. The exhibition is sponsored by Extreme Audio and Pana Film Studios, with Dolby Laboratories providing technical expertise and support. This is the first time the Dolby Atmos technology has been used in an exhibition in Turkey, providing a powerfully immersive and moving audio experience for visitors.

The exhibition also includes Pınar Çevikayak Yelmi’s project “The Soundscape of Istanbul”, which emphasizes the importance of the sustainability of cultural memory and identity and, to this end, consists of recordings of everyday sounds.  All these sounds, recorded with technical equipment providing the closest match to the actual auditory experience, are collected in a digital archive at Koç University Suna Kıraç Library (http://digitalcollections.library.ku.edu.tr/cdm/landingpage/collection/SOI).

In this section of the exhibition that collects urban sounds, visitors are offered an opportunity to participate in the event. Those who wish to participate in the work can visit the dedicated website www.soundsslike.com and upload the sounds they have recorded in the city. The interactive map that was developed by Hüseyin Kuşçu was online prior to the exhibition, collecting sounds recorded by participants and will continue to collect sound recordings throughout the exhibition. The sounds shared by participants are both online in the website and on a sound map created for the exhibition.