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Inside the Circle of Fire: A Sheffield Sound Map

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Thursday 12 September 2013 - Sunday 23 February 2014

From making childhood recordings of birdsong in his garden to co-founding electronic pioneers Cabaret Voltaire, Sheffield-born Chris Watson has nurtured an enduring fascination with sound.

Chris has gone on to become one of the UK’s pre-eminent sound recordists, working all over the globe and winning a BAFTA in 2012 for his soundtrack on David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet series.  Sheffield has always remained close to Chris’s heart, and Inside the Circle of Fire sees a welcome return to the city of his birth.  

In this ambitious new exhibition, Chris will transform the Millennium Gallery into an immersive ‘sound map’ of Sheffield, charting its boundaries on the edge of the Peak and travelling its waterways to the bustling heart of the city. Recorded over the past 18 months at locations in and around the city, the sound map will use the latest technology to create a sound which changes throughout the gallery, depending on the listener’s location. By truly hearing the sounds of the city, perhaps for the first time, we hope that visitors will gain a new perspective on Sheffield in 2013.

"Watson captures sounds that we take for granted and illuminates them to art form level."
The Guardian

Read the Guardian's full interview with Chris Watson about Inside the Circle of Fire here

For more information on Chris's amazing career to date visit