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Phygital Phonics 2.

Send us your Audio Recordings of occasions where you are Celebrating

to contribute to our hybrid digital+physical Sound Art Event!

An experimental event led by HARI


Following our first Phygital Phonics event using your Sounds of Nature, we are inviting you to take part in our second event on the theme of Sounds of Celebration.


The first event was for a commission by AxisWeb, as part of their Let's Get Phygital experiment, and was so successful we're doing it again with another free event that will take place both in our building at 47 King Edward Street, Hull City Centre, and online on Sunday 25th June 2023.

Contribute your audio recordings to the project, then Pheobe Riley Law will give the recordings to Sound Artists both based in Hull and around the world to use within experimental compositions, for performance at the hybrid physical/digital event.

It's felt like a long cold Winter for many people, with fuel poverty causing soaring costs elsewhere and affecting household strife and business closure, increasing necessity for food-banks and forcing people to strike to be heard as our rights to protest and congregate diminish.

In these times of difficulty, perhaps it is even more important to celebrate, to recognise achievements and meet with people we love and learn from...

Sounds you record might be public occasions like a night in the pub, at a gig, football terraces or rugby match on TV; or it might be a more intimate affair such as a birthday party, family meal,  or friends on the beach celebrating being in nature together. Perhaps your pet celebrates every time you get home or it might be as low key as a cup of tea after a tricky email is sent!

Everything is fine by us, we are interested both in the sounds of celebration themselves, how, what, where and why people are celebrating - so send as many as you like!

What to do:

  1. Wherever and whenever you have something to celebrate, use your telephone (or other device such as a dictaphone) to record the sounds around you - however boisterous or quiet they may be.

  2. Take a couple of photos of the occasion, whatever makes sense to you.
  3. Send us your sound file and the photos, with a brief description.

   * You can send us as many sounds as you like!

Send us your contributions to add to the library by email to

We are looking for audio files of approximately 1minute duration, but this is not exact - its an amount that leaves some room for play, but is easy to email without eating your data! If you want to send longer or shorter that's fine too, and you can identify a section for us to edit out if you want to.

If you would like to edit your audio, you can download a simple free audio editing programme; we recommend you use Audacity.


Pheobe Riley Law will then work with sound artists to select the files they will each use for the event.

The library will remain on this site, and will be added to for future Phygital Phonics projects with different themes. We look forward to receiving your contributions, and hope to see you in HARI or online for the event!


Birthday Baby Guinness
00:00 / 01:52

A round of shots at a 40th birthday celebration at the Queen's Hotel.


Meal 1
00:00 / 00:57
00:00 / 01:25

Belated anniversary meal at Italian restaurant, with complementary Limoncello liqueur with desert.


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S.Walsh_2 Summer Weddings Croatia
00:00 / 02:07

Sounds of 2 weddings being celebrated on the streets of Dubrovnik in Croatia.

Stephen Walsh

Dionne Ruffy - New Years Wars Zones
00:00 / 22:28

New Years Eve fireworks like war zone, near Newland Ave, Hull.

Dionne Ruffy

Removing Union Flag Table cloth - THR
00:00 / 00:39

Removing the Union Jack tablecloths after the launch event for 'There's No Future' show.


Cordoban Street Music

Part 1 The streets are narrow in La Juderia, Córdoba. It keeps them cool when the heat of the day becomes unbearable. Fountains in the centre of the buildings push and pull the air - they keep it moving. There can’t be an activity less suited to the temperature than carrying a statue of the virgin Mary on your neck with 15 other people - penned in beneath the thick fabric skirt of the metal-framed float. They do this to seal a promise. The procession band keeps up the morale. The kids collect the wax that melts down from the candles carried by people

in robes and with high pointed headwear.

Part 2 The sound of a violin cuts in and out - like something glimpsed between olive trees on a hillside in Andalucia. When I hear this particular melody - I know that it is spring. The player comes round our barrio - our neighbourhood - playing to the cafeteria terraces. We hear him from our balcony. We hear him from inside the bank or when we walk to work. In five years we never managed to track down where he came from - wearing the same summer shirt and playing the same pastoral song from the pueblos - the towns and villages - in the middle of nowhere painted white to reflect that pulsating, pulverising sun.


Cordoban Street Music - THR
00:00 / 03:09
Lauren coming home to Merlin 1
00:00 / 00:45
Lauren coming home to Merlin 2
00:00 / 00:34

Coming home to enthusiastic greeting by Merlin after a weekend away.

Lauren Saunders

00:00 / 01:01

Countdown for Hogmanay

Roger Roach

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1001 Stories - THR
00:00 / 01:04

1001 Stories - at Leeds Playhouse

After the show we wait in the bus station for our ride home. Old people walk by - and I look at them differently. Were they the cast members that we had just seen performing at the playhouse? Now we’d heard the stories - got to know them as they rotated and floated from mic stand to mic stand. We’d seen them dance and push chairs and play instruments. They’d picked each other up - guided each other to stage-marks - sat at the back and beaten a gong. Beaten it with their walking sticks and crutches. But the applause at the end was resoundingly in favour of what passed across the theatre floor. I hope that those we saw - were cast members - out of costume - in the real world - getting the bus home.


Lauren coming home to Osiris
00:00 / 01:15

Coming home to Osiris the cat.

Lauren Saunders

German River, finding stone for paint

Martin Lewsley

Jamie Potter - River Thames
00:00 / 00:32

Sounds recorded by the River Thames

Jamie Potter

Bunting in Queens Gardens
00:00 / 00:59
00:00 / 00:59

Queens Gardens Bunting, fluttering

Streetlife Museum pond, gurgling

Dave Windass

Windy Park playground
00:00 / 01:11
Kids Playing Pearson Park
00:00 / 00:57
Park walk through leaves past play
00:00 / 01:02

Pearson Park, child's play

Sarah Pennington

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00:00 / 00:32
Simon-Mary Vincent Museum Gardens 250922
00:00 / 01:26

King Edward St / Museum Gardens

Simon-Mary Vincent

Hannah’s drive back
00:00 / 02:34

Hannah’s Drive Back.
The Ruffy’s road trip... We were on the A13 heading back to Basildon. A 73 year old going at the same speed to match her age.

Dionne Ruffy

Event Running Order


Celebration of Space

Film presentation Responding to Atsuko Tanaka

Pheobe riley Law - Duration: 2.08mins


Money Talks

A manipulation of field recording ‘Hannah’s Drive Back’ by Dionne Ruffy

Yiskāh - Duration: 5.49 mins


Elemental Tachysensia

A manipulation of field recording

Lizzie King - Duration: 7.32 mins


Spill Sketch

A manipulation of field recording

Seth Guy - Duration: 7.00 mins


Celebrate Swimming

Talk about Murmuration + Film presentation

Jez riley French - Duration: 10-15 mins


Silent Sediment

A manipulation of field recording New Year by Dionne Ruffy

Honor Bathurst - Duration: 7.00 mins



A manipulation of field recording

Ava Rasti - Duration: 7.10 mins



A manipulation of field recording Limoncello by Sarah Pennington.

Asuka Akagawa - Duration: 5.04 mins


Thames Phonics

A manipulation of ‘River Thames’ recorded by Jamie Potter + artists own recording

Laura Selby - Duration: 5.27 mins


+700m Chin Chin

A manipulation of field recording of ‘Meal 1’ by Sarah Pennington + artists own recording

Martyn Riley - Duration: 3.55 mins


Splendid Fireworks

A manipulation of field recording NYE by Roger & Julia Roach

Julia Deng - Duration: 1.38 mins

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