App brings Holbeck to life
The Holbeck Audio Walk builds on Simon Bradley's research in identities of place and community in Holbeck, which was an audio walk including interviews with 20 residents, planners and developers in the area. Using prototype software developed by Lecturer Phil Legard to deliver oral history and sonic arts on mobile devices (called LOAM -Locative Oral/Audio Media), Simon's stories have been brought to life in the form of a free app.
To get started, users simply visit the Riverside House Bridge on Wharfe Approach and run the app. The walk is now being developed and extended as part of Simon's AHRC-funded PhD exploring the use of media such as GPS and augmented reality in the presentation of oral history.
Phil commented: "Simon and I intend to continue to collaborate both in technical and creative capacities and we hope that the release of LOAM will enable oral historians, local historians and local interest groups to use the communicative power of sound and mobile media in their own projects."