Isle of Sound



20 August – 17 December 2021

Thanet train stations: Birchington-on-Sea, Broadstairs, Dumpton Park, Margate, Minster, Ramsgate and Westgate-on-Sea.


Isle of Sound is a series of seven soundscapes that celebrates sonic diversity in different parts of Thanet, with a unique piece for and installed in each of the 7 Thanet train stations: Birchington-on-Sea, Broadstairs, Dumpton Park, Margate, Minster, Ramsgate and Westgate-on-Sea. The work is made with sounds found in each station location, suggested and submitted by community groups and individuals, with over 100 people from across the Isle attending online workshops with Emily to develop and record sounds to contribute to the project. When all seven soundscapes are heard simultaneously, a composition is formed which can be heard below.

Materials: audio recordings and sound effects created by members of the public in each station location and SSA ‘Thanet’ jingle by Peasgood. Created with: Zoom H5, mobile telephones, Logic Pro, RX5 audio editor and custom speakers and amplifiers.

Commissioner: Isle of Sound is the first artwork created for the new Creative Isle Community Rail Partnership, a new initiative by Turner Contemporary in collaboration with Thanet District Council and support from Southeastern. The CICRP aims to work with local communities and artists, to engage with their local stations and the rail network through developing creative interventions at the stations. The partnership cover’s the line and all seven stations on the route in Thanet – Birchington-on-Sea, Broadstairs, Dumpton Park, Margate, Minster, Ramsgate and Westgate-on-Sea.

Team: Lead artist, composer, sound designer and field recordist: Emily Peasgood. Engineered by Geoffrey Papin. Speakers by Trevor Missen of Missen Acoustic.

Participants (individuals): Amanda Jarvis, Amanda Wish Turner, Angela Wooi, Charlie Key, Chloe Hunt, Clive Austen, Daisy Blackwell, Elke Heckel, Garry Saunders, Gary Wright, Geoffrey Papin, Gregory Bessant, Holly McCullough, Jamie Moore, Ken Blight,Lindsey Holness, Liz Hayward, Maria Parkins, Michel Cubillos, Nick Page, Nicola Wood, Nik Mitchell, Philip Knowles, Ryan Day, Samantha Bessant, Shahla Rushworth, Shirley Jones, Sophie Lee, Theresa Smith, Tony Child, Trinitee Gibson, Valerie Tyler, Will Cespedes-Stewart, Zach Love and anonymous contributors.

Participants (community groups and schools): Broadstairs College, the Benedictine Nuns at Minster Abbey, Holy Trinity Church of England School in Dumpton, Kent Association for the Blind, Kensei Taiko Drumming in Birchington-on-Sea, Newington Chill Club in Ramsgate and Thanet Coast Project.


Listen to all 7 stations together


Online Music Player

As part of Isle of Sound, Peasgood worked with game designer Jim Hall to create an Isle of Sound Music Player which invites listeners to select and layer each part of the work to see how they fit together to form Isle of Sound. The creation of the music player was funded by Arts Council England. Click below to have a go.


Isle of Sound Music Player



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