The Inukjuak, Nunavik (Canada) Sound Map

In the course of participating in an artist residency in Inukjuak, Nunavik(Canada) in 2009 Nimalan Yoganathan studied and recorded the sounds of his surroundings, including natural sounds (the wind), and cultural sounds (throat singing, kayak building).

Yoganathan also led weekly sound art workshops for Inuit youths aged 13 to 16, during which they were taught outdoor field recording techniques. Each youth was given their own digital recorder to document their sound walks around the community. Their recordings have been included in the Inukjuak Sound Map.

The Inukjuak Sound Map is intended to help raise international awareness about the natural and cultural diversity of Inukjuak, as well as the interesting but fragile sounds hidden throughout this Northern community. Yoganathan says his project has the potential to be used by environmental researchers who study how soundscapes are being affected by technological development and global warming.

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