Mark Peters soundtracks Wigan with new Wanderscapes project

Mark Peters and Ulrich Schnauss by Chris Baugh

Mark Peters has taken the local themes of his Innerland album one step further, by devising and overseeing a new immersive audio walk in his home town of Wigan.

Wanderscapes: Social Resonances – available from today (July 30) via the global Echoes Explorer mobile app – is an interactive walking trail that takes in eight locations in the town and brings them to life with soundscapes created by young musicians aged between 17 and 25, who were mentored by Mark along with his frequent collaborator Ulrich Schnauss. Four of the eight pieces are by Mark and Ulrich themselves. The project has been funded by the PRS Foundation Open Fund and developed by The Old Courts not for profit arts centre.

“In early 2021 I contacted several archive organisations and was very grateful to receive a substantial amount of historic audio material relating to the borough,” explains Mark. “We asked the applicants to include a minimum of two sounds relating to the sites, the only other message being that their work should take the form of a very personal, imaginative response and an exploration of their own creativity should be the prime objective.

“The process of working on the four tracks that Ulrich and I provided in tandem to mentoring the applicants proved to be equally enriching. As we incorporated the source sounds – including Trencherfield Mill’s original works hooter and a new recording of the Wigan Parish Church bells – we hoped that the inclusion of these elements might help to inform inhabitants of the borough’s rich and varied history and culture in a new and contemporary way.”

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