URALLA is preparing for the launch of a GPS-based program that will give people access to an informative and entertaining “soundtrail” as they walk around the town.
The Soundtrails smartphone app enables people to hear professionally produced soundscapes relevant to the sites they are visiting.The audio includes music, poetry, readings from historical documents and recordings of local people telling their own stories.
It can be downloaded by going to www.soundtrails.com.au on your mobile device and following the links to the Apple or Android store.Then, as you walk through the landscape, the GPS automatically activates the recordings as you enter the appropriate geographical area.
The app, which also includes soundtrails for Warialda and Myall Creek, will be launched at McCrossin’s Mill in Uralla at 2pm on Saturday.
The New England North West Soundtrails project, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia, was conceived two years ago during Uralla’s participation in The Story Project, a Queensland-based program that facilitated the sound recording of residents’ stories in local communities.The project has been supported by organisations including New England Mutual, the Federal Government, Uralla and Gwydir Shire Councils, Phoenix Foundry, Starfish Initiatives, Uralla Arts, QUT and The Story Project.
Everyone is welcome at Saturday’s launch.