Inner World, Outer World


This is really a kind of technologically-mediated soundwalk. It is also something that many people do every day, but probably without the musical intentions suggested. The purpose of the project is to observe how listening to music affects perceptions of the world.

The Project

Create a playlist on an mp3 player or other wearable music player. Turn up the volume and walk a fixed route of, say, half an hour’s duration. Now do the same again with a completely different playlist. Try it again… Each time, observe how the playlist alters perceptions of the world around, of space and of time. Relationships with the buildings, or other people, seem to change. What are those changes? How to explain them? Why do they happen?


It can be useful to make written notes on each walk, describing how perceptions change. Is the sense of distance altered by the sense of musical time passing?