Sounds an interesting idea

DERBY arts centre Quad is asking ‘what does the city sound like’ in a mass participation project this summer.

SoundTrack Derby aims to create music to share with the world – and is offering the chance for anyone to get involved.

Participants can record the sounds of ‘your Derby’, for example this could be The Guildhall clock, dogs barking, doors slamming or even peas rubbing together, whatever you can come up with. These sounds will be recorded on people’s mobile phones or Quad’s digital recorders. They can be then uploaded directly to the SoundTrack Derby website or emailed to to create a bank of Derby sounds.

Participants can also be involved on a second level to make a track, by selecting from SoundTrack’s online bank of sounds and loading them into the website’s sequencer.

The public will be able to vote on their favourite track, with prizes for the winners. In addition there will be a final performance in Derby Market Place on Saturday, October 22, using the BBC Big Screen. The most popular ‘as voted for’ online tracks will be performed on the evening.

For information on any aspect of the SoundTrack Derby project, contact Sophie Powell at