From the sound I gathered yesterday I wanted to see if my recorder – H1 Zoom – could pick up and reproduce the feeling of being in different size open spaces and I tried to record from very different spots.

At one point I was completely in a row of pines and the sound of the birds was muted and softwpid-wp-1398351324909.jpeg


listening to the sound file actually recorded without any tinkering doesn’t give the feeling of an enclosed soft outside space it just has very little sound and it’s as if the birds have been ‘turned down’ . It’s quieter overall and feels separated from the environment…


The bright vivid sound from right in amongst the wooded area has a much more lively tone and clarity and closeness of the birds.

admittedly that’s exactly where I was standing, but the sound I need for my project needs to tell of a wide space as this is the Great Bustards’ preferred habitat.

The Brecks used to be like that but the pines were planted to act as windbreaks to prevent sand and soil storms.

Measures were taken to protect the topsoil during the 19th Century, with farmers planting lines of Scots Pine trees as windbreaks to prevent sand and soil storms – a notable landscape feature in the Brecks today being the distinctive ‘pine lines’ of twisted and knotted pines that resulted from these pine hedges, which have grown wild.

A few places still exist being more heath like, like Weeting Heath.

The stone curlew is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan species and is also currently on the Amber list. Numbers have risen over the past 15 years due to partnerships being created between wildlife conservation bodies and landowners to identify and protect breeding sites. The stone curlew is also afforded special protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the EU Birds Directive. Areas where stone curlews are found are designated as Environmentally Sensitive Areas. A key conservation management system at the NWT Weeting Heath reserve is maintaining a healthy population of rabbits. These grazers keep vegetation shorter than 2cm to provide a suitable habitat for nesting stone curlews. link to website

I will look into visiting Weeting and seeing what a wide open space sounds like, will it be an absence of sound…or will it be something else, I can’t quite imagine it, the differences are so subtle that our ears and physical senses come into play with associating sound and place and space. This will need to be very much considered for my exhibition/installation.