: 31-08-18 10:32


Heathrow is encouraging travellers to go one step further in capturing their holiday moments this year by asking them to capture their perfect 'Sound Escapes', creating an even more evocative way of capturing memories than a classic photo.

According to the airport, it is a well known fact that brains connect sounds to emotions, making it an important part of the feeling and memory of a holiday. 

It says: "From the buzz of childrens laughter and soft rustling palm trees to local musicians beats, lapping sea waves and city cabs honking, these distinctive holiday sounds capture the very essence of a holiday. 

"Submissions by the public over four months, will be refined and collated into a captivating and immersive soundscape by award-winning composer and sound artist Nick Ryan."


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Heathrow has just seen one million travellers pass through the airport over the August Bank Holiday, with a peak of over 125,000 departing on Friday, August 24. 

It notes that although the UK school holidays are nearly over, Britain's holiday exodus remains strong across the year, revealing that over 113,000 travellers will depart on Saturday, Septembewr 1, while October and November are forecast to see highs around Thanksgiving, half term and weekend city breaks.

With holidays varying from two weeks on a sun-drenched beach to cultured city break and adventurous winter skiing to relaxing exotic retreat, it is thought that the same part of the brain in charge of processing the senses is also responsible for storing emotional memories.

Holidaymakers are invited to submit up to a minute of their sounds to soundescapes@heathrow.com, with the resulting one-of-a-kind soundtrack, created by award-winning composer and sound artist Nick Ryan, revealed in January 2019 for travellers to experience, enjoy and use as inspiration for the next getaway.

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Nick Ryan, British Academy Award-winning composer and sound artist, comments: We all tend to record holiday memories with cameras, yet I believe that listening to the sound of a voice or a place can trigger far more intense memories than a photo. 

"I am intrigued to hear which sounds holidaymakers bring back from their breaks and look forward to combining hundreds of these, from the thousands of people who jet away every year into an immersive audio portrait of our Sound Escapes.

Heathrow's chief commercial officer, Ross Baker, says: At Heathrow, were proud of helping our passengers create precious memories and experiences that theyll treasure forever. 

"Theres no better memory than that of a perfect holiday to leave you wanting more. Our inaugural Sound Escapes is an innovative way of reinforcing the wonder and delight of memories across the globe. 

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People are invited to submit holiday sounds as an either a .wav or .mp3 at:soundescapes@heathrow.com

One of the lucky winners will also go into a prize draw to win £500 shopping vouchers to spend when flying through Heathrow.

: Airport World

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