12.07.18 | ALTERED STATES 1.5


12th July 2018 | 5.30-9.30pm


Sound Making Space Network is hosting  a night of talks, screenings, performances, DJs and a free bar to celebrate the end of SMS Series 2…


In March 2018, Sound | Making | Space co-founder Merijn Royaards and affiliate Christabel Stirling were thrilled to participate in a collaborative research exchange in Beirut, organised in partnership between Recomposing the City and Theatrum Mundi, led by Gascia Ouzounian and John Bingham-Hall. The week-long visit sought to facilitate conversations and connections between sound artists, musicians, architects, urban planners and researchers working on issues of sound and space in Lebanon and the UK.  Find out more about ‘Beirut: Sonic Urbanism’ here.


CITY OF IMPULSE, an initial follow-up event, builds on some of the ideas and projects conceived in Beirut. The evening will include talks from acoustician Fouad Bechwati , the mastermind behind 21DB and the sound designer of some of Beirut’s biggest and best night clubs; and sound artist Nathalie Harb, creator of The Silent Room, a sanctuary-like pavilion that provides Beirut residents with access to silence in a chaotic and sometimes sonically overwhelming urban environment. The event will also include a film screening that delves into the ways in which sound figures in questions of landscape and violence, taking a trip through the vernacular acoustic of Beirut wrought by its deserted modernist structures, concrete shells, and cacophonous soundscape of car horns, traffic, construction work and muezzin calls; and a live performance that repurposes this sonic architecture into something altogether new and surprising.


The evening will close with DJs and a free bar!!


Free tickets for CITY OF IMPULSE on 12th July can be registered here:



PLEASE NOTE: This event is not at our normal venue, but at Bartlett HERE EAST, Queen Elizabeth Park.  Nearest overground station Hackney Wick.


With huge thanks to our supporters: Bartlett Doctoral Initiative Fund | London Arts and Humanities Partnership |Recomposing the City | Theatrum Mundi.