ISSTA River Shannon Soundwalk @ ICMC 2022

The Irish Science, Sound, and Technology Association (ISSTA) presented the River Shannon Soundwalk for ICMC 2022 in Limerick, Ireland.

Access the walk via your web browser

Read more about the River Shanon Soundwalk and the launch event below:

Launch Event: Panel discussion and guided soundwalk – 8 July 2022

On Friday 8 July ISSTA presented a panel discussion with John D’Arcy, Brona Martin and Robin Parmar of ISSTA with two of the artists featured on the soundwalk – Cait Ni Griofa and Georgios Varoutsos.

About the Soundwalk

The River Shannon flows through the University of Limerick, and it was this feature that inspired the conference theme “standing wave.” To explicitly connect sonic practices with the river’s environs, ISSTA invited artists to contribute to a soundwalk.

We asked for musical compositions, performances, spoken word, and other experiments addressing themes of geography and travel, water and way-finding, history and heritage, culture and family, storytelling and poetry, imagined spaces and places. We were interested in artists exploring their heritage or previous connections with Ireland, as well as artists considering an Irish context for the first time.

The response was enthusiastic. We wish to thank everyone who submitted, even if not all the pieces could be included.

Download the full programme including artist biographies and programme notes below:

Accessing the Soundwalk on-site

The River Shannon Soundwalk can be accessed via your smartphone’s web-browser via

The web app uses the Sonic Maps platform and will use your phone’s location to trigger the audio works at mapped locations around the riverside.

The physical walk on-site begins and ends at the University of Limerick Computer Science & Information Systems (CSIS) Building. Along the 2.4 km route you will hear twenty sound pieces. Allow yourself two hours for the full experience.

Please note that there are steps near the end of the walk. A few of the sites are located a short distance off the path. Inclinations are all gentle.

You will need a smart phone or other screen-based device with a GPS, plus headphones. Internet access is not required while on location, providing that sounds are downloaded in advance. To download, tap the icon in the lower-right of the browser window.

Accessing the Soundwalk remotely

If you are unable to make it to Limerick, you can use the “remote walk” feature on Sonic Maps using the instructions below:

  1. Access the walk via your web-browser:
  2. Click the icon of the human figure (lower-left of screen) and position this on the desired listening area.

The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA) is happy to partner with ICMC 2022 in Limerick, Ireland.

ISSTA is an open, non-profit community of diverse musicians, researchers, makers, technologists, and artists. 

If you have any questions, please send an email to: