Creativity

Andy Must Get Field Recording Again

Andy must get field recording again; it is important for him. Other than speaking about myself in the second and third person, I, Andy B*, have a fondness for Field Recording – I have had a few successes with it, being reviewed positively in The Wire. To motivate me, I set all sorts of schemes – this is one of them… iIt is a website called A Sound Map Of Harrogate. I collect the audio…

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Review (Of Sorts)

A Review: #OutThereTogether

Hi, I am Andy & I’d like to talk about Open Country and their show #OutThereTogether. Why? Because it is genius, that is why – but, first I have to state a case for it. I admit I am biased when it comes to ‘this sort of thing’ because I do ‘this sort of thing’ as a hobby. Yes, I stand in fields and woodlands to record the Dawn Chorus. The show in question broadcasts on…

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The Day We Went Bat Hunting

After a farily uneventful weekend of sleep and slobbing, I decided to try and make one last hurrah for the weekend. The plan conspired after a telephone call to my Dad who mentioned that the Bats had started to fly around Dark Walk Woods on an evening. I figured I had the right sort of microphone (a BatBox Baton) and the appropriate recording equipment (Olympus LS100) so I invited some loved ones to Valley Gardens…

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Harrogate International Dawn Chorus Day

International Dawn Chorus Day is the worldwide celebration of nature’s daily miracle. This year there will be more opportunities than ever to join in the excitement. Celebrated on the first Sunday of May, the story goes that International Dawn Chorus Day began in the 1980s when broadcaster and environmentalist Chris Baines asked everyone to attend his birthday party at 4am so they could enjoy the dawn chorus with him. Since then IDCD has grown from…

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Natural Radio

The earth is alive with its own radio broadcasts. Lightning, the solar wind and solar storms create a variety of radio signals that surround us and lie just beyond our reach. They lie just beyond our perception because although their frequencies fall within the range of human hearing, they are radio waves that our ears don’t perceive. But the simplest of receiving equipment will allow you to hear them. Just hook an antenna to any…

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