The HomeSounds (Soundbites) project is a collaboration between Recast Music Education, Mancroft Advice Project and City Academy Norwich with funding from Youth Music. We are offering two-hour weekly after-school sessions during term-time, as well as a variety of additional activities, that focus on the art of Field Recording. For anyone unfamiliar with this activity, it is the art of listening to, capturing and sharing the sounds of the Earth, and the Humans and other Wildlife that live on it. It is about listening to the infinite sounds of life!
The sessions are open to any young-person between the ages of 11 and 18. We offer the opportunity for young people to explore this fascinating, creative and exciting art form, as well as the chance for them to develop their ability to listen. The art of Field Recording is the art of listening, and developing skills in listening can bring great benefits for young people, as well as for the people that care for and support them. To this end the HomeSounds project employs Field Recording as both a creative and therapeutic art-form. If you would like more information on our approach to this project please visit;
The sessions will initially be delivered at the Hub, a neutral space on the City Academy Norwich campus, however there is scope for sessions to be delivered elsewhere if appropriate and needed. The kinds of activities we will be involved in are;
) Learning about and using music technology, specifically microphones, audio recorders, specialist field recording equipment and audio recording/editing software.
) Learning about and understanding sound and how to capture it effectively.
) Listening to and learning about the sounds of the earth, humans and wildlife. This could include specific animals, types of weather, habitats, human activities and much much more!
) Building microphones. As part of the project we will be building individual microphones. We also hope to install some microphones that are permanently on so we can listen to the sounds of an environment as it changes over time. We will be joining up with the LocusSonus Soundmap project to set up audio streams that will be open to the rest of the world. Some of this activity will involve developing skills around the technology that is required for live-streaming the sound of nature.
) Taking Field Trips to a range of locations across the county of Norfolk (and possibly beyond) to capture their sounds. This might include nature reserves and habitats of specific species but will also include places that people find interesting and exciting to listen to.
Sadly space is limited in the sessions and we are encouraging young people as much as possible to stay with us for the duration of the project. With this in mind if you are interested in taking part please contact us a soon as possible.
The HomeSounds (Soundbites) project welcomes all young people and we tailor our activities to suit the needs and requirements of each participant. If you would be interested to find out more please get in touch with us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you would like to try HomeSounds (Soundbites) out before committing to regular sessions we can arrange for a taster session to be delivered at a venue suitable for you. To find out more about this option, or if you have any queries, please contact us using the details below or visit;
We're looking forward to listening to you,
Martin Scaiff (Director, Recast Music Education)
Victoria Bleksley (Senior Youth and Community Worker, MAP)