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Foxley Wood in the rain

I’ve been invited to help on a new project with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust which involves me creating four seasonal soundscapes.

For this first one, Spring, I wanted to get a backdrop of some early morning birdsong in a sunlit bluebell woodland. Sadly the weather Gods had other ideas and I spent a Saturday morning in Foxley Wood in Norfolk slowly being sucked into the rain sodden ground.

I will return when the weather promises to be a little more forgiving, but I thought I’d share my damp, nay sodden, visit with you. Please excuse all the crackles and thuds, it’s rain not static interference!

I also took some photographs to accompany the audio recording.

 

Holme Dunes – World Listening Day

The theme for this Year’s World Listening Day was all about listening to the ground.

I headed up to Holme Dunes on the North Norfolk coast to listen the sound of the ground where land meets sea.

I buried a hydrophone about 6 inches into a sand dune below some of the grass. The result, on what was a very windy day, was this amazing soundscape.

You can hear the grass rattling together as the wind rushes over the soft sand at ground level.

Recorded for World Listening Day 2017 at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve at Holme Dunes, Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.

“World Listening Day 2017 is an opportunity to consider and engage one another in an ear-minded, soundscape approach to our environment, to understand our shared role in making and listening across cultures, generations, places, disciplines, and communities, and to reflect and honor the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros, an influential woman pioneer of electronic music composition and improvisation, as well as a founder of the practice called Deep Listening. July 18, the birthday of R. Murray Schafer (b. 1933), Canadian composer and founder of the World Soundscape Project and acoustic ecology.”
worldlisteningproject.org

Listening to the Ground – World Listening Day

This year’s World Listening Day theme is inspired by a quote from Pauline Oliveros, the American composer and a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music, who died last year.

Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we find ground to walk on and can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground? Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?—Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

Listening To The Ground

For this year’s World Listening Day I plan to put together three recordings from Norfolk recorded on July 18th. Sand dunes, a forest floor and a busy street.

I haven’t yet decided if the final piece will be three separate tracks or if I will remix them to form a fourth piece of sound art. It very much depends on what I manage to record and if the sounds work well together. (more…)

Time and Tide

I spent Saturday afternoon in Blakeney installing a new audio piece at St Nicholas church for the Sounding Coastal Change project.

Called Time and Tide, it plays with the sound of the ticking clock in the church tower. It was the first thing I heard when I visited St Nicholas. I wanted to see how the live ticking would interact with a recording.

It worked better than I imagined, with the two sounds chasing each other over time, catching up and then seperating again. Sometimes it seems like they have found an extra tick!

The church is a little removed from the quay, but you only have to look at the inscriptions on some of the graves to see how the sea has played such a huge part not only in the working lives of the local community, but also in their spiritual one too.

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International Dawn Chorus Day – LIVE

It’s been a great morning at Cley-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk for International Dawn Chorus Day.

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust site at Cley. played host to the broadcast.

You’ll be able to hear it again later today.

In the meantime this was the live blog I did during the broadcast.

6:15 – That’s it for this year. Thank you for listening and/or reading. See you in 2018!

6:03 – The sun is casting a wonderful light across the marshes which seems to have had a calming effect n our feathered friends. All seems very peaceful. Just the odd little chatter of avocets and a gentle rustle of the reeds. And I think I may have even heard the sound of cattle drifting over the morning breeze.

6:00 – As we move into the last fifteen minutes of the broadcast the shelducks are getting restless and the avocets are busy hunting for breakfast. I can only dream of mine, which is another 3 hours away.

5:50 – That incredible sound was the swan making an exit out over the avocets and terns. (more…)

Getting the kit together

I was awake for this morning’s dawn chorus, but thanks to the excellent double glazing, I heard none of it. Tomorrow will be very different.

The reason I was awake so early today is that I was going over in my mind all the kit I’m going to need to live stream tomorrow’s dawn chorus from Cley in North Norfolk. It’s International Dawn Chorus Day. (more…)