Last Saturday in Uralla, Starfish was delighted to see the official launch of the Myall Creek Soundtrails App. It was the culmination of of a two year project we have been working on with a number of community groups. It is the first app of the Soundtrails program and is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.
The GPS-based program will give people access ~ through their smart phones ~ to an informative and entertaining “soundtrail” as they walk around the town. The Soundtrails Smart Phone App enables people to hear professionally produced soundscapes (including music, poetry, readings from historical documents and recordings of local people telling their own stories) relevant to the sites they are visiting.
It can be downloaded by going to the Soundtrails website on your mobile device and clicking on the “iPhone App Store” or “Android Google Play” icon. As you walk through the landscape, the GPS automatically activates the recordings as you enter the appropriate geographical area.
The app, which includes soundtrails for Uralla and Warialda as well as for Myall Creek was officially launched at McCrossin’s Mill, Uralla, last Saturday 30 August, by Dr Christina Spurgeon of QUT.
Starfish Director Dr Navjot Bhullar, spoke at the launch and talked about how Myall Creek’s story ~ from the horror of the massacre through to the healing possibility of reconciliation ~ is of national and international significance. She said: “There is as yet no Centre for Reconciliation operating on a year-round basis, anywhere on Earth. This is despite the sad truth that that Myall Creek’s horrific history is representative of what has occurred not only right across Australia, but in almost every other corner of the world: a violent war waged on indigenous peoples.”
“Today however, Myall Creek today represents something extraordinary ~ a shining beacon for the possibility of reconciliation. The seed of this has grown from the annual reconciliation and memorial attended by descendants of every side of that massacre ~ descendants of the victims, the murders, the landholders, the justice system and more.”
This app, Soundtrails provide a perfect way to share this powerful Myall Creek story. Soundtrails bring it to life through voices, songs, sounds and words. The use of this professionally produced technology makes Myall Creek available to visitors to the site any time of day and any time of the year ~ a digital record for ever more and a fitting way to share the story of the world’s oldest continuously living culture.” The GPS-based program will give people access through their mobile phones to an informative and entertaining “soundtrail” as they walk around the town.
Hamish Sewell, from The Story Project who created the Soundtrails App, said of the project: “Soundtrails is destined to become a whole new delivery system for experiencing stories on location,” he said. “It is simple, powerful, and highly evocative. If there’s a way to get local stories and local history into the heads of the younger generations, let alone people from across the world, then this is it.”
Starfish Initiatives was delighted to be part of a large community effort to launch the soundtrails app, along with partners including Uralla Arts, The Story Project, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Government, Uralla and Gywdir Shire Councils, Phoenix Foundry and New England Mutual.
Read more about the Myall Creek Centre for Reconciliation.