New ‘Hackney Hear’ audio app launched

Hackney Hear

The creativity of Hackney takes a new form with the launch of its new sound-mapping art guide.

Hackney Hear, which is produced by the online documentary programme Hackney Podcast, is a free audio interactive mobile phone app that uses a GPS system to connect users to music, poetry and interviews based on their location.

Matt Hill, Project Manager, said: “We are aiming to illustrate the rich cultural diversity that Hackney has to offer.”

The project is partnering with Hackney Council and aims to interconnect the community set to host the Olympic games and encourage movement throughout the whole area.

Hill said: “The app will employ users exact locations to connect to art forms linked to that specific area.

“As a popular area of creativity, we are trying to project the artistic side that Hackney has to offer.”

The main focus is to get users connected to a work of art directly relevant to any street corner they may turn within the borough. A large variety of local artists, writers, musicians and sound artists are to be featured in the app.

The app will also include contributions from various Hackney communities, such as the Turkish and Vietnamese communities.

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By Shadya Houry

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