Thurrock Soundscape Installation
As part of T100 Festival 2023’s T100 Sounds, a new, multi-channel immersive soundscape was commissioned and installed at St Clement’s Church, West Thurrock in early July.
The soundscape, conceived of by multi-media artist Fotis Begklis and T100 volunteers, was made up of four mesmerizing pieces which interwove voices and sounds recorded by members of the local Thurrock community and East Tilbury Primary School.
You can now listen to the four individual soundscapes that made up the installation online via the map below.
This digital version of the soundscapes is part of 2023’s Totally Thames Festival. Totally Thames is an annual season of unique, diverse, and accessible arts and culture throughout the month of September with activity taking place on, beneath, and along the River Thames.
Inspired by long walks, the soundscapes juxtapose the rich tapestry of Thurrock’s landscape and the church’s distinctive location along the urban, gritty, post-industrial graffiti wall walk.
From the rustle of leaves in the nearby woods to the gentle lapping of the river’s edge; from the meditative sounds of walking to the immense roaring of industrial estates, every sound captivates your senses.
With its Grade I listing and boasting a rich history dating back to pre-12th Century, St Clement’s Church was a stunning setting for the unique soundscape installation. This idyllic site now sits nestled among the sites of heavy industry dotted along this stretch of the Thames, a stark, unflinching reminder of the area’s historical importance on the Pilgrim route.
Join us as we take a sonic journey to St Clement’s. Click on the play buttons above to listen to the components of the Thurrock Soundscape.
If you’d like to retrace the steps taken to create these soundscapes, why not follow the Graffiti Wall Walk, click here for a suggested route.
All photography featured on the Soundscapes page is kindly provided by Mark Massey. Discover more about Mark Massey’s photography, here.
This project and resulting audio installation was comissioned by Kinetika as part of T100 Sounds Festival 2023, made possible with the support of Arts Council England, National Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund, Thurrock CVS and Strong Together fund, and Totally Thames.
To find out more about T100 or to get involved with future festivals, please contact Nicole Artingstall via: email@example.com