Image courtesy of Fieldnotes.

SONIC COMMONS is a series of broadcasts on Resonance FM responding to the poetic and phonic landscape of North Kent, produced in collaboration with FIELDNOTES.

Featuring field recordings, readings, and sonic landscapes, the series was produced whilst walking along the Thames Estuary. It includes encounters with people met along the way, who give voice to the collected texts that reference these places.

The resulting soundwork, composed by artist and musician Rob Shuttleworth, ranges across a sonic and textual landscape, producing unexpected encounters and resonances.

Thanks to all the collaborators, those who sent us texts and those who voiced them: Kashif, Eugene, Shippey, Joshua, Ollie, Katie Lane, James Hendrix Elsey, Gina Prat Lilly, Carolyn Oulton, GK Mollett, John Hartley, Jon Davis, Monty Williams, Nicole Mollett and Sarah Westcott.


Travelling through Warden Bay and the Leysdown Arcades on the Isle of Sheppey, this final episode of SONIC COMMONS was broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM on Tuesday 26 April 2024.

Voiced texts include extracts from Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban; Woodlands of Kent by Geoffrey Roberts; and chapters from Islanders authored by Fred Grimwade, Mary Holmes, Jenny Swoah and Brian Slade. Islanders is an anthology of collected stories of the people of Sheppey, it is the outcome of a project coordinated by Mike Dunstan and edited by John Firman.

Listen to episode 3 below.