During April 2008 Doorstep Collective took to the streets of central Manchester and stopped people (often easily identified by their tell-tale white headphones) listening to portable MP3 players. We asked these people the name and the artist of the track they were listening to and archived the information according to where and when people were stopped.
Reactions were mixed. Some people refused any eye contact, perhaps suspecting us of collecting for charity or suggesting they apply for a 'free' make-over, and others looked pleasantly surprised to be asked to submit something of their lives for archive.
But that was not the end for the archive. On bank holiday Monday 4th May, as part of Futuresonic, Doorstep and a small crowd of supporters took to the streets of Manchester to play the archived tracks aloud. Kitted out with a speaker-amp (kindly donated for the day from Dawson's), i-pod, the archive and maps of the city, Doorstep created the iWalk.
Participants were divided into navigators, who chose the route through the city, and soundtrack selectors, who decided what should be listened to from the archive in response to where the navigators led us.
By creating a shared soundtrack and playing it out loud to people in the city, we mixed up personal soundtracks that few people had chosen for their lives and gave them to the masses.
By hearing Manchester in a new way, we saw Manchester in a new way.
Thanks to all the i-walkers last month! Doorstep are currently taking some time out to plot future projects. Stay tuned for news of upcoming events!
New Doorstep event as part of Futuresonic 2008!
Doorstep Collective presents:
iWalk: A Soundtrack for a city on the move.....
Monday May 5th, starts 1.30pm at Bridgewater Hall.
Join Doorstep Collective in an attack on the iPod culture! Pick tracks from an archive of tunes from Manchester iPod users, grab a stereo, and perform the iWalk - a collective soundtrack
- on - the - move for Manchester.
Doorstep have been busy on the streets of Manchester stopping all you iPod users and collecting your tunes! Spreading ourselves around the city we've covered the city centre, building an archive of your tracks to form a collective soundtrack for the city!
We want to combat the isolationism of iPod culture by playing out a collective soundtrack of the city.......
iWalk allows you to take part in a collective performance - As we walk around the city everyday we all have a routine.... same route to work, iPod on - its just so singular! We want to unite all iPod users with the new iWalk - all you have to do is a grab a stereo and join in our march around the city!
For more info go to http://www.futuresonic.com/.
Check it out - its gonna be ace!!