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Research Residency at UFRJ
May-July 2013

This research residency was supervised by Rodrigo Cicchelli Velloso and Samuel Araújo From Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and funded by Santander Mobility Scholarship.

One of the aims of the residency was to try to know the city, and consequently, have a wider set of tools to prepare the outlines for a large-scale collaborative project to be developed and presented in Rio de Janeiro in 2014. This larger project, initiated by Pedro Rebelo, Tullis Rennie and myself, was to be designed in collaboration with Musicultura Group based in Maré; one of the largest groups of favelas in Rio.

Similar to the Sounds of the City project developed in Belfast (Northern Ireland), this project intends to explore the relationship between sound and everyday life through a participative and collaborative experience.

Tullis Rennie and I were in Rio de Janeiro for roughly the same time frame and decided to embark together on listening and recording as a way to get to know the city. You can retrace some of my steps and journey through the project Almost Sound Diary. To complement the experience, you can find some of Tullis’s recordings at If Walls Had Ears.