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Museums and galleries are under increasing pressure to appeal to punters and engage with the public as funding continues to tighten in the cultural sector. As a result, museums are looking to harness the power of the technology that’s closest to us in our everyday lives: our mobile phones. Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are the latest to develop an engaging cultural experience for all, working with Boston-based artist Halsey Burgund to produce an immersive audio experience which has taken inspiration from Tyneside life during the First World War.

Making the most of the power of mobile technology, the project will come in the form of a downloadable app, Tributaries, which will play original compositions by Burgund alongside readings by local volunteers, which are individually triggered by location trackers on your phone. Many of the readings featured on the app have never been heard before, having remained in TWAM’s archives for nearly a century. Users of the app can also make their own recordings, adding to the already huge database and ensuring that future generations will be able to hear the stories of those living on Tyneside in 2015. Find out more about the project as Halsey Burgund visits Laing Art Gallery on the afternoon of Thursday 13th August to talk about his work, or join an informal get together later that evening at The Free Trade Inn to experience the soundscape by the River Tyne and its own tributary, the Ouseburn.

Tributaries launches on Monday 10th August. Halsey Burgund will be at Laing Art Gallery and The Free Trade Inn, Newcastle on Thursday 13th August.

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