Those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter may have noticed me post ‘A sound a day’ since January 1st. I thought I’d write a short blog here to introduce the project more fully and explain the parameters I’ve set myself.
You’ve probably got friends who have done ‘a photo a day’ for a year (or whatever time period they’ve set themselves). I kind of like that idea, but I wanted to adapt it to be more relevant to me and my work, so I’ve taken on recording A Sound A Day for the duration of 2017 and am posting the results to social media. One of my intentions with this project is to highlight the beauty of what we hear around us. I am obviously very much motivated by sound, and I think we often overlook what our ears are telling us. I don’t want to go all John Cage or anything, but there is a rhythm and beauty to everyday sounds and maybe my project will help other people hear it. Listening to ambient noises with the attention to detail we listen to music with can be a fantastic thing, and very calming.
More than that I’m posting all I can to freesound.org to be used as copyright free sound effects (subject to copyrights and third party permissions). Freesound is a site I’ve used myself to download from, so I thought I’d give back to that community by uploading my recordings there. If you want to download any of the sounds I’ve recorded you can just head here and all that have been published are available for download. There is a bit of a queue for publishing though, so you may need to wait a few days between my sounds being on social media and appearing on freesound.
I will record a sound a day, but I may not post every sound on the day it’s recorded. There are some sounds I intend to record that only happen late in the evening, so I won’t be able to post them until the next day. And then there will be those times when I’m away from my computer for a few days…
Head here to hear the collection to date.