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“So, What Equipment Do I Need …”

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Really, all you need is a modern phone. There are apps built for the reporting of news that can come in very handy for Field Recording. After all, nearly everybody (including my Mum) carries a smartphone on them most of the time. Some people start on Smartphones and move on to more professional equipment – some people just stick to Smartphones. Admittedly, there is a lot of gear available for specialist wildlife recording (of which I hope to blog a bit about in the coming months) and – for example – microphones that work...

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A Post I Wrote For HCR

Posted by on 11:12 am in Blog | 0 comments

Here is a post I wrote for the Blog of Harrogate Community Radio. I was asked to write about a field recording show and the appeal of Slow Media. There is another episode of #OutThereTogether going out this Sunday: “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...

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A Field Recording DJ Mix

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Field recording is a bit of a dark art – some, like myself say that it is like music. Dissociated sounds and soundscapes, lifted from their source can seem quite… alien. Where was the artist when they recorded the sound? Why did the artist record the sound? What was the motive of the recording and what would happen if the recording was completely removed from it’s environment? This is what I am trying to achieve here: I have made up a DJ mix, live mixed, of recordings that do not necessarily ‘go’ together. In...

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Andy Talks About Field Recording

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As the founder of Harrogate Sound Map, I spoke at length today about Field Recording. Today is Dawn Chorus Day – the first Sunday in May is a bit like Christmas for Field Recordist; Birdsong is at it’s peak as the light breaks around four thirty in the morning. The first Sunday of May is always Dawn Chorus Day – right across the world people set an alarm early to catch Nature’s greatest symphony. Andy was interviewed by K. Thornton from Open Aspect. Open Aspect is an interview series broadcast on Harrogate Community...

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We Are Now Using Anchor.FM

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We have had a turn around with the way the site is run. A bit of a re-jig. We are now using Anchor FM to host the audio and to send it out as a Podcast. Quite exciting, huh! Anchor FM is a free-to-use service owned by Spotify. They let you use their service to host and distribute podcasts. We have started to use it for the Sound Map Of Harrogate. To see our Anchor FM page, click the PODCAST link in the Header Menu. We are still embedding the audio for the podcasts on this site, as part of the map. Hopefully, Anchor FM will submit the feed to...

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Centuries Of Sound

Posted by on 11:56 pm in Missing Soundscapes | 0 comments

What Is Centuries Of Sound? Centuries of Sound is an attempt to produce an audio mix for every year of recorded sound. Starting with 1860, a mix is posted every month until we catch up with the present day. The scope is more or less everything, music of course, but also speech and other sounds, the only limit being that music and sounds used must be from that year. Mixes start under three minutes and will get longer until they are two hours long (guessing this will be sometime in the 1930s). Why On Earth …? The person behind Centuries...

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Numero Group Presents New App

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The Numero Group are associated with the cutting edge of the reissue game. And, now they have helped with Field Recordings. The Numero Group have released an iOS app of long-form field recordings that were originally made by Irv Teibel for his Environments series. “Now Environments steps into the mobile age as an invaluable and unique sonic tool for the way YOU live” – boasts the Chicago label. Comprising of a series of long-form recordings taken from the original LPs, the collection is available for Apple devices and...

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About This Project

Posted by on 3:30 am in Blog, This Site | 0 comments

A Sound Map Of Harrogate is, so far, the work of one man – Andy Backhouse. His work can be seen on – where he tries to find the genii locus of a place through the recording of sound. He has had some success in the international press with his sound art. But, why create a Sound Map Of Harrogate? Well, although an in-comer to the town of Harrogate, he has fallen in love with the town and the people who live here. Andy would like to keep this website up running as long as he can – to try and track the...

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Start Of The Podcast

Posted by on 11:19 pm in Blog, This Site | 0 comments

It gives me no small pleasure – and a great sigh of relief – to tell you that A Sound Map Of Harrogate is now available on the iTunes Store. If you want to hear the fruits of this site in Podcast form be sure to click HERE. The media is all hosted on a top-secret server in Nottingham and I used Blubrry Podcasting App to facilitate the Post-Type Feed. Granted, the site is still in its infancy, but I am hoping to drum up as much support as possible for the project. I am very keen to get this site going – but, I am struggling...

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Missing Soundscapes: The Post Horn

Posted by on 6:25 pm in Blog, Missing Soundscapes | 0 comments

Similar to the Hunting Horn was the European Post Horn. This is a sound that would have been frequent 200 years ago but is now missing. The Post Horn was persistent for centuries, for it began in the sixteenth century when the administration of the post was taken over by two families (Thurn & Taxis). As the postal routes stretched from Norway to Spain, so did the Post Horn. Indeed Cervantes mentions them. In Germany, the last post horn was heard in 1925. In England, the Post Horn was still in use in 1914 when the London-to-Oxford mail was...

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