COVID-19_Belfast City: Lockdown 2

This is a photo of a poster informing to keep distance between people during the COVID-19 pandemic in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Notices to keep distance in Belfast City Centre

Listening Soundscape Study 2

In the midst of a global pandemic, countries and cities have become literal ghost towns. Once flustered with sounds from human activities, this has now been overtaken from the subtle industrial, mechanical, and natural environment sounds. After Lockdown 1, which began March 23, 2020, and eased in early June 2020, Belfast entered another lockdown deemed as Lockdown 2 issued for October 16, 2020, at 6pm in which all hospitality sector businesses were to close for a period of one month. This project records the transition prior, during, and after entering this new phase lockdown and highlighting some of the areas or business sectors affected by the closures. Each of the soundscapes lasts two minutes to follow the same project protocol from my first project and how restrictions were in place for daily exercise.

For the Lockdown 2 project, the points of interest are (Hyperlinked to different historical or hospitality information):


Please listen with headphones to enhance the auditory experience.

Columns separate media and text, left to right, October 15 / 16 / 21 of 2020.


October 15, 2020
Pre-Lockdown 2

October 16, 2020
Beginning of Lockdown 2

October 21, 2020
5th day after start of Lockdown 2


Belfast City Hall @ 6:10pm

Recording of locals and visitors passing at the junction that intertwines city centre, daily shopping, and commuters. This is a day before Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Belfast City Hall @ 6:19pm

Recording of more locals and visitors passing at the junction that intertwines city centre, daily shopping, and commuters. There is a lot more chatter in the nearby area as people are heading home due to the new Lockdown 2 in Belfast beginning.

Belfast City Hall @ 7:42pm

Recording of pedestrians and little amount of vehicle traffic in the area. This is five days after the new Lockdown 2 in Belfast started.

Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.
72.579.685.5*83.486.087.6*78.681.185.8

SPL reading with an iPhone 11 and the dB SoundMeter app found on the Apple App Store

Cathedral Quarter @ 6:37pm

Recording in front of two bars (Dirty Onion and Thirsty Goat), queues of people waiting to go in, passersby’s, and bar chatter. This is a day before Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Cathedral Quarter @ 6:50pm

Recording in front of two bars which are now closed/closing (Dirty Onion – closed and Thirsty Goat – closing), there is soft music from Thirsty Goat and local pedestrian/vehicle movement. Beginning of Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Cathedral Quarter @ 8:04pm

Recording in front of two bars that are now closed (Dirty Onion and Thirsty Goat), the local area is much quieter, windy, and isolated. This is five days after the new Lockdown 2 in Belfast started.

Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.
66.772.873.8*72.072.974.5*88.591.498.4

SPL reading with an iPhone 11 and the dB SoundMeter app found on the Apple App Store

Church Lane @ 6:29pm

Recording in front of two bars (Bullitt and Bootleggers), queues of people waiting to go in, passersby’s, vehicles, and security guard chatter. This is a day before Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Church Lane @ 6:39pm

Recording in front of two bars which are now closed/closing (Bullitt – closed and Bootleggers – closing), at Bootleggers they were removing outdoor terrace fencing, multiple tools being used (hammers, drills, etc…), and a few passersby. Beginning of Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Church Lane @ 7:56pm

Recording in front of two bars which are now closed (Bullitt and Bootleggers), quiet movement from a passerby, chatter, bicycles, and a little bit of wind. This is five days after the new Lockdown 2 in Belfast started.

Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.
74.279.079.6*77.579.881.0*79.682.284.6

SPL reading with an iPhone 11 and the dB SoundMeter app found on the Apple App Store

Dublin Road @ 5:56pm

Recording in front of two bars (Filthy’s and The Points), busy street with many passersby and vehicle traffic. This is a day before Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Dublin Road @ 6:01pm

Recording in front of two bars which are closed/closing (Filthy’s – closed and The Points – closing), at The Points they were still people finishing their drinks on the outdoor terrace, staff picking up glassware, groups of people leaving the pub, chatter, passerby, vehicle traffic, at Filthy’s they were boarding up their doors and windows for the closure. Beginning of Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Dublin Road @ 7:24pm

Recording in front of two bars which are now closed (Filthy’s and The Points), a little number of pedestrians and vehicles passing, the sound of a skateboarder, little bit of wind. This is five days after the new Lockdown 2 in Belfast started.

Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.
74.282.284.1*79.191.893.0*82.683.787.2

SPL reading with an iPhone 11 and the dB SoundMeter app found on the Apple App Store

Laverys Bar Belfast @ 5:40pm

Recording in front of Laverys Bar, security guard controlling the queue of people entering the bar, security taking the temperature of people before entering, passerby, chatter, opening and closing of the bar doors. This is a day before Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Laverys Bar Belfast @ 5:52pm

Recording in front of Laverys Bar which is closed. Space is much quieter, however, there is still some movement from pedestrians and vehicles. Beginning of Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Laverys Bar Belfast @ 7:12pm

Recording in front of Laverys Bar which is closed. Calmer space, a little bit of wind, less movement from people and vehicles. This is five days after the new Lockdown 2 in Belfast started.

Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.
77.584.585.2*82.285.991.0*79.192.294.8

SPL reading with an iPhone 11 and the dB SoundMeter app found on the Apple App Store

Queen’s Arcade @ 6:18pm

Recording in a common space of shoppers, there is a distant violin player (usually performs in this area), a homeless man asking for money, and shoppers exiting stores. This is a day before Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Queen’s Arcade @ 6:25pm

Recording in a common space of shoppers, local buses driving in peak times of traffic, fewer people in the area, and space becomes much quieter. Beginning of Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Queen’s Arcade @ 7:48pm

Recording in a common space of shoppers, there are still buses, much fewer people walking in the space, and essential shops closing for the evening. This is five days after the new Lockdown 2 in Belfast started.

Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.
74.977.680.0*79.586.888.0*81.386.290.4

SPL reading with an iPhone 11 and the dB SoundMeter app found on the Apple App Store

Queen’s University Belfast @ 5:34pm

Recording in front of the local university, main road which has much of the pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Few people crossing in front of the main building of Queen’s University Belfast. It resembles a casual moment in this particular area. This is a day before Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Queen’s University Belfast @ 5:39pm

Recording in front of the local university, however, space has begun to be quieter and subtle sounds in the distance. Beginning of Lockdown 2 in Belfast.

Queen’s University Belfast @ 7:02pm

Recording in front of the local university, space is calmer, windy, and less commotion in the area. This is five days after the new Lockdown 2 in Belfast started.

Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.*Min.Avg.Max.
70.082.085.2*77.982.083.5*77.479.089.0

SPL reading with an iPhone 11 and the dB SoundMeter app found on the Apple App Store

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