- An Introduction to Wildlife/Nature Recording
- Learning about and using specialist sound recording equipment
- Taking a Soundwalk around UEA broad.
- Learning about and experiencing the wildlife and habitat of the UEA broad from the unique perspective of sound.
- Capturing, listening back and creatively experimenting with audio from the soundwalk.
- An introduction to the HomeSounds (Soundbites) project.
- The chance to work both collaboratively and individually.
The day started with a introductory listening session. In this we set the participants a challenge to identify animal sounds from short audio extracts we played them. They were encouraged to describe the sound in whichever format they wanted, which turned out to be pictures, words and discussion. You can see some of the fantastic pictures in the slideshow above. Can you identify what they were listening to?
The second part of the day involved an introduction to the recording equipment. We have now taken delivery of everything for our individual field -recording kits and this was their maiden sound voyage!
Once the introduction was complete we set off for Earlham park. We found a spot and settled down for a picnic in the sun. After lunch (that involved some imaginative sandwich creations!) we set off on our silent sound walk. Time was against us a little so we resolved to walk down to the woods near the western end of the broad. This is when the real challenge for everyone began....not talking! We made a path through the woods stopping at different moments when something grabbed our attention. After a few minutes we came to a clearing where we all stopped, found a found our own spot and listened silently for 5 minutes.
We then headed back to base for a review session. We listened back to the recordings we had made, identified what we could and discussed the walk as whole. It was fascinating to hear everyone's views on what we had recorded, how they found the trip and whether or not we had successfully completed the challenge of staying quiet (the overwhelming consensus was no we had not!). All the recordings were then collated and sent out to participants by email.
A really fun, interesting and enlightening Soundwalk. There are many more planned!