Sound Walk Hilversum


Hilversum is often called the Mediacity of The Netherlands. The first broadcasts for radio and television came from this city. Famous is the Mediapark with many television studios and the offices of the broadcasters. However since some years Hilversum is not always and by everybody seen as center of Dutch radio and television.

Because of this B35 Concepts, a creative think thank of local entrepreneurs, has started a campaign for the city of Hilversum called The White Box. This campaign aims at generating creative media solutions for economical, cultural, educational and social issues within the city. By doing this the want to give the city of Hilversum a boost and establish connections between creative and commercial forces in Hilversum.

A multidisciplinary student team from the HKU have started a research project to come up with ideas for a sound walk in Hilversum to show the rich media history as well as the current creative forces within the city (center).

The students are doing research on the current state of sound walk and what technique is best to use in telling the story about media culture in Hilversum. They are establishing connections with the Netherlands Institute For Sound And Vision (Beeld en Geluid) as well as with historians with an expertise on local media history as with alumni from the HKU whom work in the field of (interactive) sound walks and narrative design.