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30th april 2006

Blogged by phill as soundscape of the day, speaker compatible — phill Sun 30 Apr 2006 2:31 pm






early sunday morning, back in thornton cemetery—this time at the west end of the long, straight, grave-lined avenue known as “the prom”.

thornton cemetery is more park than cemetery, and the prom is one of the few areas containing graves. i was thinking i’d be the only [living] human being around so early in the morning, but i was mistaken.

i love the way the hard tarmac surface subtly transforms the acoustics here.


23rd april 2006

Blogged by phill as soundscape of the day, binaural [please use headphones] — phill Sun 23 Apr 2006 10:47 pm






a lovely sunny day and the first cricket of the season—a “ladies” match—at thornton hilltop cricket club.

the women’s game seems to have quite a different atmosphere from that of the traditional male version. a different way of displaying cameraderie, mainly. reminds me in some ways of the girls’ hockey games i used to see at school.

but, of course, nothing changes the classic sound of “leather on willow”, or the gentle ambience of english sunday cricket.


22nd april 2006

Blogged by phill as soundscape of the day, binaural [please use headphones] — phill Sat 22 Apr 2006 10:03 pm



thornton cemetery


5.30pm, thornton cemetery, with the birds tweeting in the trees, both my dogs wandering around by my feet, and mad holiday traffic racing along on the road just down the hill.


21st april 2006

Blogged by phill as soundscape of the day, speaker compatible — phill Fri 21 Apr 2006 11:08 pm



grass wood


grass wood nature reserve, upper wharfedale.


20th april 2006

Blogged by phill as soundscape of the day, speaker compatible — phill Thu 20 Apr 2006 10:27 pm






5.45am in our garden.

i originally set up the mics to record the dawn chorus, which was well underway some distance down the hill, and couldn’t believe my luck when our local avian sonic artists—the starlings—turned up just at the right moment, making an amazing array of sounds. they’ve just added a couple of new impressions to their repertoire, now imitating moorland birds and house sparrows.


16th april 2006

Blogged by phill as soundscape of the day, speaker compatible — phill Sun 16 Apr 2006 11:13 pm






inside a barn, on a farm near the little hamlet of moscow, thornton heights.

a very windy easter sunday afternoon. easter celebrations were going on in the nearby farmhouse, but the empty barn was making plenty of sound of its own, aided enthusiastically by the wind.


12th april 2006

Blogged by phill as soundscape of the day, binaural [please use headphones] — phill Wed 12 Apr 2006 11:03 pm






leeds railway station, near the ticket barriers, just after 6pm.


4th april 2006

Blogged by phill as soundscape of the day, binaural [please use headphones] — phill Tue 4 Apr 2006 11:08 pm



a couple of lovebirds


to mark the imminent arrival of spring, here’s some indoor birdsong, recorded in a bradford pet supermarket.

these lovebirds seemed to get rather excited by the sight of my camera, and began to make some pretty impressive alarm calls—unlike the canaries, cockatiels, budgies and zebra finches, who’d obviously seen it all before.

anyway. i decided at this point to go record the fish [a much quieter option].


24th february 2006

Blogged by phill as soundscape of the day, binaural [please use headphones] — phill Fri 24 Feb 2006 11:48 pm



the kashmir restaurant


teatime in my favourite curry house, the kash [the kashmir restaurant, on morley street, bradford].


21st february 2006

Blogged by phill as soundscape of the day, binaural [please use headphones] — phill Tue 21 Feb 2006 10:28 pm






in the animation section of the national museum of photography, film and television, bradford, featuring—near the beginning—the sound of the ancient zoetrope [1824].


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