Streetwaves is a new ambient sound installation for Sittingbourne High Street in Kent and is planned to run during the last week of July 2011. Using a recent advance in music technology that will allow the street’s shop windows to also act as loudspeakers, the sound installation will take the form of a multi-channel audio composition that will emanate from select shop windows towards the lower end of the High Street. The installation will fill the street with gentle sounds at different times of the day, taking shoppers by surprise as the composition fades in and out of the natural street ambience, creating an ever-changing sonic experience that aims to delight passers-by and enhance their connection to their surroundings.
The project is one of six commissions for the Encounter programme – produced by NKLAAP (North Kent Local Authority Arts Partnership), a local authority arts partnership incorporating Medway Council and the boroughs of Gravesham and Swale. It is funded by NKLAAP, Kent County Council and Arts Council England.