‘begin to hear’ was a sound walk that presented an evolving complex location, taking a listener/walker through a ‘real’ world whilst also presenting them with the sounds of a different world.
‘begin to hear’ was based on four walks, two islands and one bird; listeners heard across 21 days and 2000 miles. As we walked, we moved through a visible world that you can, in part, hear, whilst being presented with the sounds of another, invisible, part real, part constructed space. Sometimes this is clearly audible, sometimes it is not, sometimes it mimics the current real world (for example the sound of the close passing of traffic) and other times it presents a completely incongruent world (a seabird colony). The sum of what you hear is a function of your “interaction with sound … taking account of factors like memory, perception, temporality and imagination”.