Ideas (23rd October)

My current idea is to go to my parents’ home to record the soundscape. I like the idea of making a soundscape which explores the relationship between the natural sounds of the world and the man-made ones (not unlike the lake at the University of Surrey). I think Guildford is a good place to do this as there are are lots of more urban sounds contrasting with natural sounds (like at the hill overlooking the Cathedral), but I’d like to make something more personal to me. I’m going to continue developing my field recording skills here before going home to collect the recordings I will need to make my soundscape.

I live in a town called Fareham, which is not far from Portsmouth. There is a lane (Paradise Lane) that goes along the bottom of the cul-de-sac where I live. To the left it goes over the railway, turns into a grass track along the side of some fields which are backed by the motorway. To the right, it passes through a street and then turns into a gravel lane with houses on it and if you keep walking, you go over the A27, past Fareham Creek and then up into the town.

I like the idea that my house is the halfway point and to do a soundscape which has turning left hard panned left and turning right hard panned right, and seeing how they interact with each other.

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Map showing Paradise Lane (click for larger version)

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Paradise Lane to the right of my house

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Paradise Lane to the left of my house.

Lecture Reflections (20th October)

I really enjoyed the lecture yesterday, a lot more than I thought I would. It helped consolidate my research so far and also gave me some new avenues to explore, particularly the website Framework which I will be visiting later today to get some podcasts for my iPod. I feel more aware of the purpose of soundscapes and where they fit alongside terms like ‘acoustic ecology’ and ‘soundwalking’. I’m starting to have some ideas for my own soundscape and I am also beginning to think about how I will do it.

One of the main things I felt that I took away from the lecture was the need to practise field recordings. I’ve decided that tomorrow I’m going to go out and gather some recordings and start honing my technique. Matt stressed the need for practising, and I fully intend to start ASAP!

I also found through the listening that I’m already leaning towards a more ‘purist’ approach. I like the idea of creating a sonic representation of a place and it’s interesting to consider how making a soundscape of a specific place would interact with listeners who may not have been there (like me when I went to the Tony Myatt/Chris Watson soundscape) and whether listeners who had been there would recognise the soundscape.

Immediate to do list:

  • Framework podcasts onto iPod + begin listening to them
  • Go on a soundwalk this evening
  • Begin making field recordings around Guildford