Category: Soundscapes

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

the atom

The Atom

Visited this artwork today, sadly the centre bit have been destroyed. The sound is quite fun to listen to as you walk around inside. I hope it comes across as I was walking around dragging my feet …

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Isolation Blues

Isolation Blues

I was sitting outside, enjoying our neighbour playing blues on his guitar. Of course I was enjoying a wee dram too 🙂

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take your litter home

Windy trees

We went to the local wood just to get away from the heat, to sit in the shade and breeze to cool down. The sound of the wind in the trees is a bit like ASMR to us.

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World Listening Day 2020 The Collective Field

World Listening Day – The Collective Field

My first attempt to partake in the World Listenig Day – The Collective Field 2020.

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roaring torrent

Roaring torrent

The afternoon before, the river was roaring away*. Less than 24 hours later it is just a little trickle

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4:33

4′33″

John Cage composed the 4’33” in 1952, a three-movement composition, which is often introduced as – four minutes thirty-three seconds of silence.

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Dawn at Litton

Noisy buggers

So, they say that you should go to the country side, in this case Littondale, and enjoy the fresh air, views and quiet.

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snoring tilley

Tilley snoring

We had a wee walk out and Tilley got to meet some friends, swim in the river and a run about. She soon found my sleeping bag in the back of the van, where she promptly she fell asleep.

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Turin backyard with plane and dog

Turin backyard with plane and dog

GUEST POST by GG-iol: On Sunday 3rd May, at my home, in a central district of Turin, during the COVID19 lock down, I was surprised by the repeated passage of a small air plane

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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.

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NHS heros by Rachel List

#NHSheros

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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swans lamlash arran

Waves at Lamlash

Sitting in Lamlash on Isle of Arran, watching the waves rolling over the stones

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Eileanan Innse Gall

Eileanan Innse Gall

On the ferry, named Eileanan Innse Gall, back from a week on the beautiful Isle of Arran

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The Library Arran Scotland

The Library

Visited this wonderful little place on Isle of Arran called the The Library, near Kildonan on the southern end of the island

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Lamlash harbour Storm Brendan

Storm Brendan on Isle of Arran

Soundscape of Storm Brendan on Isle of Arran

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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 the International Space Station. Because I decided to try to listen to it on first night erm early morning of the new year. This is what I heard on 145.800Mhz as it flew over.

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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

This got me thinking about an old poem called Jens Vejmand from Denmark, that got turned into a folk song. Which I used to sing back in school and out scouting.

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busking

Busking

This lad often busk 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.

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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 hate these places of pure hell.

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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

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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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