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Scarborough Sound-Map


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Here is a map of the areas I have been targeting for my recordings.  I recommend a sound walk round all these areas.

Here is a map of the areas I have been targeting for my recordings.  I recommend a sound walk round all these areas.

Why have I decided to focus my study of Acoustic Ecology on Scarborough?

When choosing an area to study for my Masters in Sound Ecology and Acoustimatic composition many factors needed to be considered, Scarborough was a clear choice for many reasons.  As an individual who has lived in Scarborough for five years, it gives me an advantage of already having an understanding of the full range of Scarborough’s points of geographical interest.  I would still need to place a large amount of research into the area as a whole in order to best decide which parts to target for my research but as a resident I was given a certain head start.

 A sound study of any environment will help us understand more about the world we live in as a whole.  Scarborough has many significant features to warrant a thorough investigation of its sound environment.  Although every geographical area is unique and will there for have its own individual soundscape, there will always be similarities from which we can learn and draw correlations to other environments. Scarborough is a seaside resort, a coastal area, home to many species of life.  There also exists a range of interesting geographical areas home to lots of birds, insects, animals and other wild life. This is also a tourist destination and has been for many years.  It is a place steeped in history, wildlife and ever fluctuating human contact.

 Another clear choice for picking Scarborough is the fact that it is on my doorstep, making it easier for me to spend long periods of time listening and recording.  In one sense I never leave the field of investigation (Except for the odd holiday, obviously)

 

Points for consideration 

 Scarborough is a large area to study.  I have a limited time scale and limited resources. I am just one person and not a team. In an ideal scenario I would be one of many studying this environment.   I feel that it is worth pointing out that a thorough study of any soundscape would involve recording, listening, and continual analysis at all seasons, at all times of the day at all locations, due to many constraints this is not a possibility.  Serious considerations had to be made in order to decide what areas would be covered and at what times of day and again what seasons.  I needed to get the best understanding of the environment with the limited resources available.

 Greater depths of information can be gained from environments yielding a Hi-Fi characteristic.  A far greater perspective is gained.  That is not to say that areas which are inherently LO-FI should not be investigated, or that nothing can be learnt from it but for my project HI-FI was the clear choice.

 In order to gain the most information I have decided to target the season of Spring, choosing times of day that will offer dense information and a fair reflection of the area.

A dawn chorus is steeped in rich textures and information.

 In my document ‘PLAN TO RECORD SCARBOROUGH’ a full list and supporting maps can be found relating to the areas I have chosen.

 In order to help decide on geographical areas to focus on I went on several sound-walks around Scarborough, making notes along the way.  I will upload the results of these sound walks at a latter date.

 Tools for the job

There is a vast choice of tools available, I will outline the few that I have chosen to use and why.

 I decided upon using the binaural microphones, they are highly portable, easy to conceal, record good high definition audio as well as a strong representation of the human hearing range and maintain the spatial qualities of the environment.  They are also fairly resilient to weather and to a certain degree invisible to most, providing a certain candid element to the recordings.

 I have also used the on-board Zoom h4n microphones to gather closer recordings.  These microphones are paired and of a high quality, yielding a good quality recording with a strong stereo image.  Hull University have a good amount of the Zoom recorders available for loan which makes it a good choice for group recordings and workshops.  By using these I can also maintain a sense of continuity between my recordings whether it is just me or group work.

 In my next upload I will spend some talking about the subject at large and also detail my method, why I have chosen each method and what I hope to learn.

Another shot of our Acoustic workshop at Peasholm Park in Scarborough

Another shot of our Acoustic workshop at Peasholm Park in Scarborough

A little shot taken during the soundscape workshop I put on at Peasholm park, Scarborough on Saturday. Zoom h4n with hydrophone.  More on that latter.

A little shot taken during the soundscape workshop I put on at Peasholm park, Scarborough on Saturday. Zoom h4n with hydrophone. More on that latter.

I have no idea

I have no idea what to expect from tumblr or how I should really use it. I like the idea of a little blog though so will give it a go!

I am studying a Masters in Acoustic Ecology and Acoustmatic composition at Hull University. Sound will be my main theme behind this blog type thing.

I am also into photography a lot (who isn’t these days) and will share some of my work here.

My current project is an investigation into sound environments of Scarborough. I will be presenting this in several ways

1) an online sound map

2)a set of acoustmatic compositions

3)an installation

4)a live acoustmatic performance

Damn I have my work cut out but it will be more than worth it.

I will update this site with information on all of these sub projects as much as I can.

I am also a huge coffee fan.