(Scroll down for the Audio Player to take the soundwalk that begins at the stairwell at 275 River St. Troy, NY 12180.)
Riverfront Park Soundwalk is a site-specific, 20-minute artist audio walking tour for mobile phone by sound artist Andrea Williams that was first launched for the public by the Rensselaer County Historical Society in 2016 with the Troy Waterways Project exhibit. You can take the tour on your own, or sometimes there are events with group tours. Please check Andrea's home page for event announcements.
Riverfront Park Soundwalk is a past, present, and future overview of the Hudson River in Troy based on sound artist Andrea Williams’ historical and environmental research and interviews with Troy residents and water experts from 2014-2015. Musical elements, soundscapes and the actual environment intermingle in this soundwalk. At the end of the Riverfront Park Soundwalk, participants can share a dialogue together on their personal connection with the river or other local waterways and visions of the future of the Hudson River in Troy. Feedback from participants became a part of Williams' RPI Ph.D. dissertation, "Soundwalking: Creating Stewardship for Local Waterways" that was published in 2018 along with an article published as part of the Invisible Places 2017 conference here (pg. 143). Your feedback on the soundwalk is welcomed; please send feedback to her email address here.
One can experience the artist audio walking tour by starting at the stairwell at 275 River St. in Troy, NY. The above map and the numbered prompts below help guide you through the soundwalk. Click on the blue arrow to begin the next prompt. The Riverfront Park Soundwalk is meant to be taken at a meditative pace.