Earwalk is a workshop to take a walk together outdoors while listening to the sounds around you and answering questions on worksheets. Can be applied for team buildingeducationart therapy etc.
You will share us where your group walked around, what you thought, and what you put on your worksheet, while listening what you recorded during the fieldwork. There might be something new for you when you walk around with a different point of view and knowing how others listen to sound.
Let's set out for a little journey to "listen" to the scenery.
What You Do
About Kazune Koyama
About the workshop
Outdoor Listening (everyone together)
Before going for a walk, listen to the soundscape of a particular place and make a time to answer the questions on your worksheet. The questions are:
The front side of your worksheet let you see the sound of the place as a single "soundscape" and answer these questions.
Is there any change or anything in common with the previous place?
Is there any change when you close your eyes?
How would you explain the soundscape?
How would you describe the soundscape as a drawing?
How would the sound be different if the weather changed?
Guess the soundscape from 50 years ago to 50 years later
The back side of your worksheet let you focus on every single individual sound you hear and answer these questions.
Moving sound / Standstill sound
Natural sound / Artificial sound
Close sound / Distant sound
Loud sound / Soft sound
A sound unique to this place
The most impressive sound for you
Single sound / Continuous sound
Sound you want to leave / remove
Sound you like / Sound you dislike
Outdoor Listening (in groups / pairs)
Set out for listening with your group or pair. Your group can decide on where to walk. During the experience, you need to stop twice to listen and answer the same questions above.
Share what you wrote on your worksheet
Share what you felt, thought
1 You are going to walk outdoors for hours. Please refrain from joining the workshop if you do not feel well. Make sure you wear warm enough in winter or protect yourself against heatstroke in summer.
2 Never approach any dangerous place such as keep off areas or cliffs. Always be cautious about the situation around you rather than being absorbed in listening to sound or filling in worksheets. Your safety first.
3 Please note that I am not liable for any accident or loss during the workshop.
Translated I've never spent such a long time to listen to the soundscape before. I think I can make good use of it to music. How we hear depends on how we feel through the five senses - that's important.
Translated It was a precious time to make myself "nothing". My mind starts to complement sound out of everything when eyes are open, but I am able to empty my mind and body, and feel purified when I close my eyes. Happy to share a "point" in our lives.
Translated When I focus on the sounds coming in, I hear the ones I haven't noticed in my daily life, ones I wish they were here, or ones I dislike. Things might be changed when I turn my attention to sound when I take pictures which I only paying attention to something I see.
— 15 Sep 2013 Kagoshima, Japan
Translated What I found interesting is that I hear differently depending on wind or ground.
Translated This is my first Earwalk and had a strong interest in types or nature of sound. It was surprising for me that the soundscape around us is something we can taste this much. I also learned how difficult it is to explain what the sound is like, and I want to be able to tell how and what I feel.
Translated Surprising to see that my ears are choosing the sounds I favor though I have never "listened" to busy streets, and I'm glad to find a sound pleasant for me. I'm going to focus on slight and faint sounds.
— 21 Jul 2013 Tokyo, Japan
Translated I was at a loss at the beginning because everything is up to us, but I think it's a good workshop to have a good understanding of how each one feels.
Translated There are various sounds in the city, and interesting to see that every single ordinary sound gets together and form a soundscape representing "life" or "where people come together". I also found out I like the sound of bicycles except a screech of breakes.
— 3 Aug 2013 Osaka, Japan
Very interesting. Gave me an opportunity to "view" the sound you don't recognize that you hear. Eye sight and ear "sight" are very different. The former keep you from seeing the latter.
— 1 Apr 2017 Utrecht, Netherlands
— 9 Apr 2017 Utrecht, Netherlands
Various according to a project
Credit card: 4.6% of the item price
PayPal (credit card): 8.7% of the item price
PayPal (bank transfer): 7.4% of the item price
Credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
Credit card / cash
When to pay
The time of workshop
When to get delivered
The time of workshop
Return / refund
If notified before 24 hours prior to the appointment: refundable
After 24 hours prior to the appointment: not refundable
Upfront: Various according to a project
After the workshop has started: not refundable
I Can Organise It For You
I accept offers from anywhere in the world as far as I can handle my schedule and fee. It is also possible to alter the contents for special occasions such as educational or therapy programs. Check out the following requirement and feel free to ask me.
English / Japanese
2 hours (can be shortened or split)
4 - 20 people
4 years old and over
Light rain held as scheduled Stormy rain cancelled
What to Bring
Camera (if possible)
Recorder (if possible)
AC (mid summer or winter, depinding on the weather)
Cameraperson (for photos)
Cameraperson (for videos)
* can also be served by the same person.
For corporation / organisations
From ¥56,000* For individuals / non-profits
* fees will be reduced when the workshop is shortened or split
* expenses for travel and accommodation may be added
Anyone can organise, modify this lecture/workshop as long as you specify that the deviser is Kazune Koyama. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further information. This workshop is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.