Phase One: Project Design, Spring 2014

Phase I was a design competition in Professor’s Stoever’s Spring 2014 “How We Listen” course where she challenged students to apply the sound-based research methodologies they learned in her course to think through issues facing the greater Binghamton community (for a full description of Phase I and a discussion of the other projects that students pitched at their end-of-the-semester community open house, see https://soundstudiesblog.com/2014/08/18/toward-a-civically-engaged-sound-studies-or-resoundingbinghamton/).

Stoever, in consultation with the Binghamton University Center for Civic Engagement, selected the Binghamton Historical Soundwalk as the most viable project for future development, particularly because it built from existing assets in the community. It was developed in a four-person team led by then-sophomore now alumni and elementary educator Daniel Santos (B.A. English 2016), who continued to work on the BHSP during his remaining years at Binghamton. Santos performed key original sociological research for the BHSP regarding the relationship between the University and the community as his senior thesis.

Santos, along with original team member and Cinema/English double major Ashley Verbert, completed phase I.5 of the project, developing a prototype of a potential sound installation as a radio art/performance project which was broadcast live over WHRW 90.5 FM and archived on Sounding Out! (you can listen to it at https://soundstudiesblog.com/2015/01/29/sounding-outpodcast-38-radio-frequencies-radio-forms-live/ ).

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