This is Highfield Road is an online sound archive created by artist Duncan Whitley. Visitors to the website can search and listen online to the archive’s 141 sound recordings from Coventry City’s final season at their Highfield Road ground in 2005. The recordings capture the sounds of the crowd in the West Terrace during the games leading up to the final, emotional match at the Sky Blues’ erstwhile home, a 6-2 victory over Derby County on the 30th April 2005. The artist’s project aims to connect between football cultures and the burgeoning interest in sound in the contemporary arts. This is Highfield Road officially launches to the public at on Saturday 21st July.
The recordings were captured in Highfield Road’s West Terrace, using a technique known as “binaural sound” - similar to the technique used in VR and gaming to produce an effect of hyper-realistic, 360 “surround” sound when listened using headphones. Duncan has used binaural technology to transport us virtually to Block WT6 of the old West Terrace. The experience of listening to the recordings in headphones is immersive: we hear the chanting, the “banter” with the away support, the referee’s whistle on the pitch and even the conversations of the fans in the seats behind us with an uncanny sense of spatial realism.
The 141 recordings can be listened to by browsing interactive match timelines (https://www.
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CYCLING FOR CYRILLE
This event is in aid of the Jason Roberts Foundation in memory of Cyrille Regis. The charity works to Support young people, Celebrate diversity and promote Respect across the UK and Grenada through sporting activity and social inclusion. You can find out more at jasonrobertsfoundation.com
Cyrille Regis MBE, who sadly died on 15th January this year, was a trustee of the Jason Roberts Foundation and a mentor for young people who benefit from the charity, alongside his involvement with Water Aid and Christians in Sport.
Of course, most of us remember Cyrille as a brilliant player for West Brom and Coventry City, particularly as a member of the Sky Blues’ 1987 FA Cup winning team, as well as for Aston Villa, Wolves and England amongst others.
His outstanding contribution to changing attitudes towards black and ethnic minority players in the English game is a remarkable legacy and his nephew, Jason Roberts, is just one of the generations of players to follow Cyrille, who benefited from that inspiration. Jason also played for the Baggies during his footballing career.
The cycle ride takes place on the same day that West Brom and Coventry play each other in the inaugural Cyrille Regis Memorial Trophy, a pre-season friendly to celebrate the life of such a great player. Hopefully, myself and others who are riding between the two stadiums will arrive at the Hawthorns in good time for the kick-off at 3pm.
Please support our efforts by giving generously at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/drj4cr9 … and don’t forget to gift aid your contribution which increases its value by 25%.
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