journeyMan has been composed for ambulant listener and smart phone. Walking, moving, turning and standing still are the actions that propel this piece forwards. Rather than playing from start to finish (like most songs you’ll listen to on mobile phone), this piece is spherical in form. Start the piece and the phone will perform for you. Change direction and harmonies might shift, stop moving and the piece may hover, until you start moving again.


Each performance of the piece will be similar in impression, but the moment to moment details are variable and dynamic. The version available in Talbot Rice has been designed to accompany your walk around Christopher Orr’s The Beguiled Eye exhibition running next to Gap in the Air in Talbot Rice’s White Gallery, but you can listen to this piece anywhere.


At present the piece works for Android OS. If you don’t have an android phone, we’ll have a tablet and a pair of headphones at the front desk for you to borrow.


journeyMan has been developed in collaboration with Two Big Ears (an Edinburgh-based mobile audio development company) and the technical research involved was supported by an Innovation Initiative Grant from the Development and Alumni Office at the University of Edinburgh.