Dr Rebecca Caines

I believe in interdisciplinary collaboration, innovative creation, critical thought, and community connection. In these things I find hope.

Community Sound [e]Scapes (2009-2010) was an international art and research project exploring audio art, place and community. It was sponsored by the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice research initiative based at the University of Guelph. Rebecca Caines and John Campbell developed the project with a range of artists and communities in Australia, Northern Ireland and Canada. Component projects took place at a youth centre in Ballybeen, Northern Ireland, an art and science learning endeavour and a drop-in workshop series, both in Guelph, Ontario, and an older person’s bike riding group in Woolgoolga, Australia. Artists and communities made sound art, interdisciplinary audio and visual installation, and new media art. Please visit the project website http://soundescapes.improvcommunity.ca for more information and to listen to works made.

Ballybeen kids photographing1 Ballybeen kid playing guitar2 Ballybeen kids in the audio studio3 Ballyben mural4 davinci sound quilt5 davinci participants recording at lake6 davinci participants recording at the fence7 guelph participant recording in the church8 guelph poster9 guelph field recording10 Wolgoolga bikes11 Woolgoolga bikes in the workshop12
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The da Vinci class also produced a Sound Quilt, a fabric art and multimedia installation which was displayed at their final art show in January 2010 at Ed Video, in Guelph. The installation included 24 fabric squares, each with a painting representing a student's favorite sound, drawn from the places around them and linked together into a hanging fabric art piece. The quilt was displayed above a synthesiser keyboard where each white key was linked to play a recorded sound in place of a note. Audience were encouraged to don headphones and to play the musical keyboard in different ways, listening to the many ways the sounds could go together, inspired by the visual art in front of them.The students’ individual soundscapes could also be included in the mix or listened to separately. The Sound Quilt was also displayyed at the launch of the Community Sound [e]Scapes website at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in September, 2010.


This is the online version of the Sound Quilt. In the original gallery installation, users played a synthesizer keyboard attached to a laptop, in this version you can just use your mouse/touch screen to play with the quilt.

Click on the pictures on the quilt to hear the sound that inspired them. Click in any pattern to combine the sounds together. Have fun!