Soundtrack
 
 
 
 

Soundtrack

A Sound Installation in the Asbourne Tunnel Derbyshire.

The Ashborne Tunnel, a 350 metre long disused railway tunnel under the town of Ashborne Derbyshire, has recently been lit and renovated to allow the safe passage of cyclists and walkers along the Tissington Trail. features. It was important to respond to the notion of travel as suggested by the tunnelšs length, and a system was designed and built that would allow sound to Œtravelš the length of the tunnel, using a sequencer and multi-speaker system. Sounds were selected and recorded on to Eprom soundstores. Each snapshot is between a half and two seconds in length, with a delay of three seconds to allow the tunnels natural reverberation to be used to the greatest effect.

The sequencer triggers each sound in turn in a chase along the tunnels length, from twelve speakers placed at twenty metre intervals. Sound Trains pass through the tunnel every fifteen minutes or so. Clunks, clanks, puffs, whistles, voices and slamming doors ricochet and echo up and down its length. The sound rests in a quiet ghostly space. It is possible to hear the smallest sound from one end of the tunnel to the other; as the listener walks through the tunnel the sequencer chases the sound towards and over their heads. As well as the Sound Train, longer, one-minute recordings of passing trains are triggered by visitors passing an infra-red motion sensor. These are delivered through two twelve-inch bass speakers mounted in the centre of the tunnel.

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