Echo Archive is a site-specific work based in a deprived area of Leeds, UK.
During the project, we worked with local residents of all ages to develop a custom piece of composition software. The software uses only sounds and music recorded in the area - much of it by local schoolchildren. The instrument itself is a rethinking of traditional music software interfaces, using words as the basic compositional interface.
A short video of the software in use can be seen at www.theincidental.com/echoarchive
The software can be downloaded for free from the project website, and users can also use the site to upload mp3s to share their compositions with others.