Field Recordings of Man Made Sounds

It is not only natural sounds that I am interested in – I enjoy many of the day to day sounds around us. Along with smell, sound is one of the strongest memory triggers and I find that listening to field recordings of many different places provide me with some of the best pictures in my imagination. They are almost uniques at enabling us to put ourselves in the place of the sound heard and it is this quality that prompts my use of unique field recordings in my StillWalks® videos.

I find travel sounds are particularly interesting and have recorded train journeys and buss trips. The first recording below was made on my iPhone after getting on a local bus for the first time in years and rediscovering the rattles and shakes, bumps and squeaks that are so often a marker of a journey like this. More sound clips can be heard on SoundCloud.

Metal gates at Pontlliw, South Wales

An old mechanical slide projector

The foyer of the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff

M4 motorway traffic at Castell Ddu

This is perhaps the most challenging of these few sound clips. It is an unavoidable sound in many local environments but still has its nuances when listened to carefully.

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