A Sound A Day – February.

Another month, another collection of sounds recorded.

The challenges of getting recordings that are good enough quality continue.When it gets to 7pm and I still haven’t recorded anything things can get dicey!

This month I’ve been surprised by what’s been downloaded from Freesound the most. The most downloaded recording of February has been from February 7th –

This is a short edit of the full sound, but on Freesound it’s the full 17 minute of the spin cycle, and it’s been downloaded 44 times at the time of writing this blog.

The most fun I had was on Feb 5th. Listen to this one with headphones. I found myself with a bag of suet treats surrounded by ducks so I set my recorder up on the floor and threw a few treats to my left, then a few to my right (you can hear my getting more treats out of the bag mid-recording).

March has started with some very interesting recordings and I’m having to diversify my approach to the recordings I’m making. But I’m still enjoying the project and I’m getting some very encouraging comments about it via social media and when I meet people who’ve discovered it.

 

Have another sound, just cos I quite like this one too.

 

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A sound a day 2017

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.