Landscape is more than meets the eye: It's also the layers of human experience that have accumulated there: the character of a place.
It may look like just a rock. But...
Some layers of human memory may call it Windsor Rock, with the local story of a sailing captain (named Windsor) who holed his schooner on it while tacking into port nearly a century ago.
Other layers will call it Chain Rock, with a story of torpedoes exploding against a submarine net stretched across the Narrows in World War Two.
Still others may tell you it's where an episode of Republic of Doyle filmed the story of a fictional drug bust in 2014, Or even where leprechauns once hid their money.
Exploring a place with place-based locative audio is like having someone whispering in your ear. So while your eyes find laneways and houses - and rocks - your ears are finding the inside stories. Unique stories. Unique voices. Unique information.
We think of locative audio as a kind of "landscape documentary": opening a door to the hidden histories and implications of place.
We've created place-based projects in cooperation with heritage and community groups, using both traditional mobile telephony and interactive smartphone apps. We've also collaborated with local authors to place interactive fiction in a landscape.