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Walk With Me

2 June 09 words: Frances Ashton
Children’s whispers, ghosts, gunshots and riots unsettle the listener of Lucy Steven’s latest sound art piece at Nottingham Castle.

Walk With Me, Lucy Stevens

On entering the Castle an MP3 player and headphones are thrust into the hand of the visitor and an 11minute guide through past and present of Nottingham Castle begins. Stevens' calm and collected voice talks us round the Castle grounds with thrilling sound effects of ghosts in the Bandstand, cries of people trapped down holes and tales of wars and princes. These aural re-enactments sound disturbingly real - look over the balcony and you will feel like the Castle wall is collapsing!

Interspersed with these historic happenings are glimpses of modern day life as Stevens describes the girl in skinny jeans with an Ipod walking towards us, the Council House bell tolls in the background and children play in the bushes around us. This artwork is an interesting play on the traditionally dull museum audio guide as it mixes fact and fiction by presenting real and staged audio.

For those of us who missed the chance to stroll round the Castle, Stevens' soundscape can be downloaded through the ‘Castle Walk With Me’ blogspot. Lucy Stevens discovered Binaural audio – a technique which records using in-ear microphones – whilst studying MA fine art at Nottingham Trent University from 2006 to 2007.

Like with most sound art, imagination is the key as Stevens' Walk With Me at Nottingham Castle is a feast for the ears.

Lucy Stevens: Walk with Me

10 April - 7 June
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

March - September Open daily 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
FREE entry Monday - Friday for Nottingham city residents and those who work within Nottingham city.


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