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Audio app makes walking on Bodmin Moor an unforgettable journey

  • Date: 5 August 2014
  • Area: South West
The Cheesewring on Bodmin Moor

The Cheesewring on Bodmin Moor. Credit: Paul Hughes

Cornwall based Audiotor has released Minions Lament, an app available to download through the iTunes App Store, supported by an award of £29,259 from our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme.

The innovative project brings together original writing, an original soundtrack by award-winning composer Graham Fitkin and digital technology to create an immersive audio walk experience that brings Bodmin Moor to life.

It's the work of creative producer Michael White in collaboration with Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, Hall for Cornwall, Stranger Collective and University College Falmouth.

The app guides walkers through the unique landscape of Bodmin Moor, from The Hurlers Stone Circle past The Cheesewring on to Goldiggins Quarry and back to their starting point, with GPS signals triggering four chapters of compelling stories that respond to the imposing landscape.  The walk lasts approximately 1½ hours but people are encouraged to move at their own pace, take it in stages or even return on another day or at a different time for a completely new experience. 

Minions Lament has been written by a collective of writers working collaboratively, and created in response to historical accounts and personal experience of events that happened on the Moor.  Local actors and community members have brought them to life in a soundscape that was recorded and produced within a half mile radius of the village of Minions, on the eastern flank of Bodmin Moor.

Creative Director Michael White said: 'It's like watching a movie, with the real elements of weather and the landscape heightened by the soundtrack.  Walking gear, a blanket, a flask of tea and sandwiches are optional but a nice added touch.'

The app can also be listened to in 'armchair mode' for people unable to visit the Moor in person.

Nema Hart, Relationship Manager, South West, Arts Council England, said: 'Audiotor brings professional artists, performers and visitors to a remote part of rural Cornwall and directly engages them with the area.  It's a unique way of showcasing a whole community through digital media and one which can be experienced again and again.  We are very excited about the app and hope it will encourage lots of people to explore new work and new places.' 


Find out more about Grants for the arts and how you can apply.