Category: Soundscapes

A tribute to BBC World Service – Daily Commute – Soundscapes. So expect small stories, recordings and maybe even a photo.

speechless Mel Blanc

Speechless

One of my very first heros was Melvin Jerome Blank aka The Man of 1000 Voices aka Mel Blanc. He was simply put the voice of my childhood because of my addiction to Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. Years ago I had a screen print of the above image, but I sadly lost it. I think […]

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NHS heros by Rachel List

#NHSheros

Recorded last week clap’a’thon. Thanks all staff at any NHS location and not to forget all the essential staff elsewhere like super markets, sanitation staff (aka bin men) etc – Hero’s the lot of you, sadly you have to be, cause our government have failed to keep you and us safe. #stayhome #washyourhands #stayhomeforthem #selfisolate […]

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washing machine live longer with calgon

Washing machine

So did it, live longer with Calgon? Just found this dead washing machine outside. The recording is of our washing machine that is still going strong. Pin on the map is dropped where the HQ of the owner of Calgon is now. See full screen

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play ground self isolated

Isolated kids

Recorded in the local playground, at a time when it would be normally full of kids playing after school. The little park where the playground is also a popular cut-through, which makes this little park and play area normally full of people talking, playing and walking. You can hear the bell of the local Tom […]

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Café Tissardmine Sahara desert

Café Tissardmine

GUEST POST by GG-iol: Café Tissardmine is an artist’s residence in Tissardmine, a very small village in Morocco, at about 30 km, 45 minutes drive off the road in the Sahara desert, from the small towns Rissani and Erfoud. In January 2020, artist in residence, I lived here and recorded sounds: the voices of the […]

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blackbird singing

Hr Sort

Hr Sort, aka Mr Black, is a very common nick name for the local blackbird in Denmark. At my parents there has been one sitting on the neighbours’ roof for going on 40 years, every night and every morning, singing its heart out. Yes I know it isn’t same one, but its descendants. See full […]

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cooling down cast iron stove

Cooling down

I can sit and stare at a fire for hours on end, love the dancing flames, colour, smell and the warmth. Now and again gentle poking the fire with a stick, this is one of my Zen moment. I also enjoy is when the fire in the stove is dying down and the cast iron […]

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lego vs asmr

ASMR

The only thing that gives me the full on – emotional, calm, rush, zen, tingling from the roof my head down my spine – ASMR is LEGO. Both by touch, the feeling of running my fingers through the LEGO, I could happily just sit there with my fingers in the LEGO not building anything for […]

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swans lamlash arran

Waves at Lamlash

Sitting, watching the waves rolling over the stones and the swans swim about as the sun sets. The gulls don’t like the passing boat as they got their feet wet by the waves created by the little boat. See full screen

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Eileanan Innse Gall

Eileanan Innse Gall

The ferry back from Isle of Arran See full screen

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The Library Arran Scotland

The Library

Visited this wonderful little place on Isle of Arran called the The Library. A few books, loads of wonderful drawings and notes from visitors. You can hear a visitor finishing up their sketch while storm Brendan is blowing in the trees outside. If you want to see a 360deg image, here’s a clicky See full […]

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Lamlash harbour Storm Brendan

Storm Brendan

Managed to get onto Arran before the storm stopped all ferries for a few days. Glad I didn’t stay right next to the sail boats with this noise. Did meet a fella who were down to check his boat was ok for the night. He told me that he would be back in the morning […]

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Lochranza isle of arran

Lochranza

Had a little walk around the bay, near the top of Isle of Arran, brilliant views over Lochranza. Just had a little lull in the weather before the storm came back. See full screen Here’s another photo from Lochranza

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outer space

In space nobody can hear you scream

My first attempt to record the ISS (International Space Station) and my first real attempt to take a photo of the stars. The recording as easy enough, well I had to wake up at 4.30am to hear it. Because I decided to try to listen to it on first night erm early morning of the […]

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in the jar

in the jar …

The local pub had a little get together and a sing song. See full screen

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jens vejmand

Jens Vejmand

We having our back streets relaid at the moment by paviours. We got about 10 weeks of this to listen too, oh the joy. This got me thinking about an old poem from Denmark that got turned into a folk song. Which I used to sing back in school and out scouting. Here’s a few […]

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busking

Busking

This lad often stands on the high street fiddling with some strings. I do not know if he is good or bad, but it’s miles better than the traffic noise. Now, I feel like I need a tumbler with a bit of whisky in it. See full screen

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punch and judy

Puppet Festival

I forgot to upload this last weekend, from the Puppet Festival in Skipton. I only had a short time there but enjoyed it. This it a a stable English tradition, not sure how I like it, I’m more keen on it if it was a freehouse called Punch and Judy. See full screen

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sports ball bar

Sport ball bar

I meet up with an old friend who is a sports ball fan. I used to go with him to these places. Yes, I have had some fun back in the day in a place like this. But, boy I have forgotten how much I actually hated these places of pure hell. Lucky his team […]

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Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen

Music Hall

A wonderful place in Leeds, great music, great beer and great food (do try the Dirty Burger) See full screen

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Leeds for EU

Leeds for EU

The Yorkshire for EU choir having a sing song in Leeds See full screen See full screen

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Yockenthwaite Stone Circle

Stoned circle

Well my attempt to record the birds and the running water somewhat failed. To get the mic out of the gentle wind I had to put it closer to the water. So therefore the trickle is much higher than intended. This is the little stone circle in Yockenthwaite, it is either the left over of […]

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Caerlaverock Castle

Skyrat or pigeon

Caerlaverock Castle, stunning little castle, well worth a visit. It was full of pigeons, when you walked up to a tower or dungeon they went all quite take a few steps back and of they went again. See full screen

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River Lowther

River Lowther

A wonderful walk in and around the grounds of Lowther Castle. I know this is another river trickling, but this one you can hear a blackbird and the mutt walking around sniffing in the grass next to the river 🙂 See full screen

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Rul, små bølger, rul

Listening to the waves hitting the rock and rock pools in Port Logan, Scotland. The title is from a Danish comedian back in the 70s. See full screen

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homebrewing beer

Homebrewing

The yeastie are doing their work in my next homebrew, Festival Razorback IPA. This will go on for 2-3 more days before it quite down. But still the wait continues for a few more weeks more. About 2 weeks in the fermenting pot and then about 2-3 weeks in the bottles before I can start […]

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Don't want to be a fish

Don’t want to be a fish

Just a cheap and quick test. Got a cheap lavalier mic, put some cling film on it and attached it to a mono pod. Then put it all into the canal while one of the tour boats passed. If I do it again I need to find a better way to make sure that my […]

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washing up

Manual dish washer

Doing chores around the house. Am I the only one that can’t stop making extra bubbles when washing up?

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D-Day 75

Well that hit me a wee bit harder than I was expecting. These brave people gave it all for us. Because today we are seeing nutters – whom they fought and laid their life to protect us from – talking utter nonsense again. I don’t want to go back to that dark part of history […]

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bin day

Rudely awakened

OK not on a Wednesday, but a Thursday for our bin day. With the cobblestone back streets, we do get a “rude” wake up every bid day. At least they are fast so one can go back to sleep again 🙂

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bird song in the rain

Bird song in the rain

I walk this path twice a day, through a little bit of “woodland”, located between the trees on the bank down to the train line and the trees next to/in the allotments. As you can hear the mutt isn’t much for this standing around listening to the birds. See full screen See full screen

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podcast

Podcast

Over the last few years I have been addicted to pod casts. Brilliant things to listen to while walking the dog. Today I got to listen to 99% Invisible episode – Sound and Health: Cities – about how sounds (noise) they harm our health. This rather apt, as I am doing these soundscapes recordings. Here […]

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critical mass London

Critical mass

A blast from the past. Was digging through my old photos and videos. Back in 2007, I helped my friend to build Beatrix. A sound system he could drag along with his bike. First part is use cycling to the start and testing out how the sound would be on the road. We had people […]

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Nice cup of tea

A nice cup of tea

The best cure for anything is a nice cup of tea.

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film night

Movie night

When going to the pictures in the UK this is what you hear while you munch on your popcorn. I’m lucky to have a local “independent” cinema just at the end of the road. That doesn’t rip your arm off, when you get a ticket and a bucket of popcorn. See full screen

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street dogs

Street dogs

This was an eye opener for us. Never experienced dogs living “wild” on the streets like this. Heard them in the night near/in towns fighting. Doing the day they often spend their time running and barking at passing cars. See full screen

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Leverburgh Harris Ferry Terminal

We are sailing

Waiting at the Leverburgh, Harris, Ferry Terminal to embark, listing to the ferry docking. The sounds of big metal bits against concrete with cars rolling over. Gives me flash back to holidays in Denmark before all the bridge building (if you are Danish you will understand 🙂 ), when took the ferry often. Oh and […]

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the tube in london

The Tube

If have spend any time in London, you would be hard pushed not to have used the underground trains, aka the tube. It is surprising how fast you get used to it, learn the short cuts and what lines goes where. At first it is an underground labyrinth, that you can’t make head or tail […]

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walking in woodland

A quiet place

Well not really, since you got the sound of the stream, waterfalls, birds and the wind in the trees. Yet it is a good place to go and get away from the “normal” buzz of the town or office. Where you can think and relax in a a quiet place See full screen

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Skipton Church Bells

Them bells

Every Tuesday night, when the wind is in the right direction, we can hear the local church bells. For about 5 years, I kept going – I’m must go up and see and hear them close up. Without fail they are ringing and therefore I was sure, it was the local church bell ringer club […]

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Tour de yorkshire 2019

TdY 2019

I know I know, one more of these ones 🙂 But the joy of a bike race. This years Tour de Yorkshire came through town again. The sound of sirens, helicopter, bells etc just makes it a good day out. See full screen

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can I kick it

Can I kick it?

The very best part of this season is the leaves kicking. I feel sad when I see others walk straight through a pile of fallen leaves. I’m so close to shouting at them – Kick it! Cause it will make you feel better and put a smile on your face. See full screen

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Love London Have London

Love vs Hate

I got a love vs hate relationship with London. Love : The crowds, the buzzing 24/7 life style, lights, nightlife, early mornings, the global cosmopolitan, the intermingled mixture cultures and ideas, the sounds, the music, the food. Was standing out side KX for 10min and heard Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, French, Cantonese, friends from all […]

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a swift one down the pub

Just a swift one

I enjoyed a swift one while waiting for a friend in London. In this rather splendid pub, Craft Beer Co. Good music, comfy chair and a nice cold one. See full screen

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london calling

London Calling

Waiting for the call for the train to London. Can you spot the error? Hint: time, so how did I managed to do that then? Ideas on a postcard erm a comment below. See full screen

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rain on van

A wash out

The day before I enjoyed this view of Dumyat (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Mhèad) Hill, and I wanted to walk up it. I checked out the weather forecast and it looked like more clouds, but the rain would at least hold back to until lunch time. Therefore I decided to get up early so that I […]

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waterfall

Waterfall

Had a walk around Castle Campbell in Scotland and enjoyed the sound of the waterfalls in the forest below and around the castle. The river Dollar Glen is fed by the streams Burn of Sorrow and Burn of Care. I recorded this from a small waterfall of the Burn of Sorrow, not that I feel […]

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driving to mum

Driving to mum

Every time we drive over to mum, aka Tilley‘s favourite person. At about half a mile away from the door, we go thru a roundabout. This is the starting point, for this little serenade for mum. See full screen

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thunderstorm

Summer storms

It has been playing around for the last 48 hours, trying to get started but failed. Then finally it broke the heat wave that have been around for the last few weeks and gave us a good old summers thunder-storm. Not only does the plants need a drop of a water, we too could use […]

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supermaket

Shopping

Necessary evils that is shopping. Yes I can go online and get it delivered. But sometimes you do need it now. My main pet hate with supermarkets is that they change their layout or move products around. So have to go up and down the aisles or worse ask for directions! See full screen

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