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Sonic Outreach Shetland

Exploring Shetland’s Coastal Areas through Sound

Sonic Outreach Shetland (SO Shetland) explores, celebrates and promotes Shetland’s coastal areas through sound with the use of audio technology and creative strategies including sound walking and deep listening. This participatory project invites people to fulfil the roles of participants, collaborators and artistic creators, offering opportunities for engagement with Shetland's coasts and waters in new exciting ways, increasing mindful engagement with the natural world, and improving awareness and sensitivity to the coastal environment.

Through sensory-rich, hands-on activities and the use of audio technology, we will discover, listen in and capture the hidden world of sounds within Shetland’s coastal areas, making sounds which are unheard by the human ear, heard.


Experience in using audio equipment, or knowledge of sound is not required. Each session will be guided by Renzo Spiteri, a professional sound artist, who will offer information about the use of equipment, what to listen out for and best practices in field recordings. 

Participation is free of charge, but enrolment required as limited places are available.

Age : 14+

How does it work?

1. Sign up for one or more of the sessions that you'd like to attend (below). Participation is free of charge, but the number of participants per session is limited. Feel free to sign up for more than one session!

2. During each session, we will engage with Shetland’s coasts through listening sessions and sound walks, and carry out audio field recordings using microphones, hydrophones (underwater microphones), headphones and digital sound recorders.

3. Each participant in the session will be given access to their own audio recordings which are then collated and edited by Renzo to produce a collective audio/visual work for the group.

4. The finished work is published online, offering a means through which the wider community can experience Shetland coasts and waters remotely. 


Sonic Outreach Shetland Locations

  • Bigton, SO Shetland
    Sat, 23 Oct
    St Ninian's Beach
    23 Oct, 10:30 – 12:30 BST
    St Ninian's Beach, Unnamed Road, Bigton, Shetland ZE2 9JA, UK
    Exploring Shetland’s Coastal Areas through Sound
  • West Burra, SO Shetland
    Sun, 24 Oct
    Meal Beach
    24 Oct, 10:30 – 12:30 BST
    Meal Beach, West Burra, Shetland ZE2 9LD, UK
    Exploring Shetland’s Coastal Areas through Sound

Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund Story Map

Explore the 24 new community projects across Scotland that are being supported by The Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund. Click on the interactive map to discover how these projects will engage and connect people with our coasts and waters with the aim of leaving a legacy from the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020/2021.


Sonic Outreach Shetland is supported by NatureScot, through the Plunge In! The Coasts and Waters Community Fund. The fund was established by NatureScot to help community groups across Scotland celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters.

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