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A listening expedition on Vlieland

Created in 2017 by sound artist / composer Francisco López

‘Sonic Fields Vlieland’ is an audio composition made exclusively with original environmental recordings done in the island of Vlieland (North Sea, Holland). With no additional instruments, voices or any other sounds, these recordings have been artistically transfigured and dramatically evolved to create a new virtual sonic reality.

As presented in this GPS-controlled App, this creation can only be heard while the listener is physically in Vlieland. The composition has several geo-located ‘movements’: in order to listen to them you need to physically reach specific locations in the island. These locations –as well as the recommended nature hiking route to reach them indicated in the map [*]– have been selected for both their natural features and their suitability for focused and relaxed listening.

Once you physically reach a location, please find a comfortable spot, sit down or lie down and enjoy the listening trip of that ‘movement’ in that natural surrounding environment. Besides your dedicated listening, good quality headphones (not the typical simple smartphone earbuds) are crucial, as this composition contains lots of low frequencies, subtle sonic materials, virtual sonic space, and other aural delicacies that would be a shame to miss!

The complete composition is 3-hours long but you can of course freely choose to listen to only some of its ‘movements’. You can also follow other routes of your own to reach the listening locations: besides hiking, some locations are easily accessible by bike or even approached with the bus line that connects the village of Oost-Vlieland in the east with the Posthuys buildings in the center of the island. While most listening locations are within easy reach, there is an ultimate longest movement at the very far west end of the island, in the amazing desertic zone known as Vliehors, for the truly adventurous hikers-listeners!

[*] RECOMMENDED ROUTE (one entire day of hiking and listening):
Starting from the Vuurtoren (lighthouse) of Oost-Vlieland, follow the route indicated in the map all the way to the west end of the island. On your way back, when you reach the Posthuys you can get a bus ride back to Oost-Vlieland (make sure to check bus schedules in advance). This would make a total of around. 7-8 hours of hiking (approx. 32 Km) plus 3 hours of listening. If you prefer to hike back from the Posthuys you will have around 2 additional hours (approx. 8 Km) along the road through the south shore of the island.

VERY IMPORTANT: please note that the entire westhalf of the island (Vliehors zone) is ONLY ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC ON WEEKENDS.

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