The Portuguese Amolador is a street trader who sharpens knives. His distinctive pan-pipe call is audible as he wheels his bicycle through Lisbon, seeking customers. Whilst cutting rhubarb with a blunted knife in England I thought about the Amolador. I posted my knife to a friend in Lisbon, who took the blade and walked the streets, listening for his call.
Sound by Andrew Stevenson and Inês Ponte
Thanks to Sr. Ferrere and Hugo Tornelo
Soundwalking is an immersive, qualitative research method that has been used by sound artists and social scientists to explore our relationship with and perception of our lived environment. This film provides an introduction to the method, along with some soundscape compositions that have emerged from recent research into sound, mobility and disability.
This soundscape (with subtitles) follows a walking interview with Manchester residents Alba, from Barcelona, and Tori, her guide dog, who is from Michigan. This is part of a research project about encountering urban space through the senses. For the full story see
Stevenson, A. (2013), Dog Team Walking, Disability and Society, 28(8), 1162-1167
This is an homage to a sound that is disappearing. Cobblestones are being paved over as more and more personal injury claims are made against local authorities. The sound of the pull-along suitcase being dragged alone the cobbles has ono been with use for 30 years, since the invention of the 'rollaboard'. Its days are numbered. Listen while you still can.
This film was presented at Kinokophone Night at the British Library, May 27th, 2015.