Sound Matters is a JISC funded research project, developed at Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice - CRiSAP, LCC, University of the Arts London, that brings together an interdisciplinary community working in the creative use and re-use of sound specifically field recordings and speech. We aim to create together a framework that facilitates the interrogation and relational playback of sound in its own terms. We envision the framework as a ‘Listening-Led Environment’. The video shows the initial stages of the project (three months) in which we invited the community to share stories via interviews, an online gathering, and to reflect on and engage with algorithmic processes and the nature of archives during the last activity: a co-design workshop. These run in parallel to a technical review of the latest Open Source technologies for Interrogation and Relational Playback.