Sound – is all around us. In that sound there are messages. Some have an aesthetic of their own. There are some sounds that capture a moment, and others that capture an era.
Sound has always fascinated me, from getting hold of my Dad’s old Grundig reel to reel recorder, then getting my EL3302 first portable cassette recorder. Sadly I don’t have any of that – I’d love to still have recordings of my childhood, when there were still sparrows in London for instance. The sounds of university, also lost. On the upside it’s never been easier to record sound in the field – SD card recorders are small, silent and relatively cheap.
It is a curious twist of fate that as the technology for field recording becomes more accessible, better performance and easier to use, the world becomes more noisy. Noise is unwanted sound – from traffic, from airplanes, from cellphones, from people, from dogs. Of course, what is noise to some is sound to others…
Open you ear to some sounds and their stories. The Enquiring Ear stream is all about sound and field-recording.
- Resonant sounds of London’s Museumland
- Apple crusher crunching sound
- Echoes of South Kensington Station
- Robins at Alderman Canal
- Swifts getting ready to leave
- No Nightingales, but a Cuckoo
- The sound of ball bearings seizing up
- Night Football Practice at UCS
- Enquiring Ear on Resonance FM
- World Listening Day 2013