Walk With Me Soundscape
Commissioned by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and CicLAvia, and created by contemporary Dutch artists Rob van Rijswijk and Jeroen Strijbos, Walk With Me Soundscape is a permanent six-mile long interactive soundscape composition that premiered at the 2015 Valley CicLAvia.
This is the longest permanent public art installation in the County. The route is on Lankershim Boulevard between the North Hollywood Metro station and Campo de Cahuenga and on Ventura Boulevard between the Metro Universal City station and Coldwater Canyon. As people walk along the route, their phone's GPS accesses data points that allow them to hear an evolving soundscape tailored to the direction, speed, and pace of their experience. Users hear an elderly Valley resident talk about the areas changes over the course of her lifetime, her words fading into jaunty banjo music, broken by a Hispanic business owner's heartfeltdescription of a long work day. The soundscape then drifts into classical violin strings that are jarred by the crackling sound of a 1930s radio interview with Amelia Earhart, and fade into the lyrical poetry of Lewis MacAdams as he recites
his ode to the Los Angeles River. By blending interviews, music, historic sound clips, natural sounds and "live noise," Walk With Me creates an interactive walking art installation that reveals itself differently for each user.