First Friday: Sound Walk

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The sounds of First Friday will be incorporated into a special BU collaboration that’s been years in the making.

The Binghamton Historical Sound Walk is a public art installation and experience.

Participants gather at Tech Works on Water Street and go on guided tours, experiencing both the ambient sounds around them, as well as four temporary art installations.

Three of them are positioned around Boscov’s Department Store, in the lobby, the parking garage and the loading dock.

The installations combine recorded spoken word and sounds effects along with live audio centered around social justice themes such as women in the workforce and gay rights.

English Professor Jennifer Stoever, Cinema Professor Monteith McCollum and their students have been working toward this date for the past four years.

“In our courses, I provide the cultural, historical and political surroundings to how people listen to sound.  And he works with students to actually make what they imagine happen,” said Stoever.

The guided walks leave every half hour from Tech Works from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Participants will likely hear the strains of live music coming from the nearby Martin Luther King Promenade which is hosting the World Night Market Friday evening.

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