I spend a lot of time playing with sounds, be they recordings I’ve made, musical experiments, found sounds (on old second hand tapes) and soundscapes. Some of them appear on my Norfolk Sound Map and most of them are on my Soundcloud page, but none of it is really curated in any way.
Until now, and Civilian Listening Service. It’s a half hour podcast of my creative sound.
I wanted to give the listening experience an identity. Something that could hold together the diverse content. I think that what I, along with Debbie Fair -The Voice of The Announcer, have created is the suggestion that you have somehow stumbled upon something intended for someone else. Undercover agents perhaps? Or maybe they are recordings from a dystopian past. Or future. Listen, and you decide.
Civilian Listening Service.
I spent Saturday afternoon in Blakeney installing a new audio piece at St Nicholas church for the Sounding Coastal Change project.
Called Time and Tide, it plays with the sound of the ticking clock in the church tower. It was the first thing I heard when I visited St Nicholas. I wanted to see how the live ticking would interact with a recording.
It worked better than I imagined, with the two sounds chasing each other over time, catching up and then seperating again. Sometimes it seems like they have found an extra tick!
The church is a little removed from the quay, but you only have to look at the inscriptions on some of the graves to see how the sea has played such a huge part not only in the working lives of the local community, but also in their spiritual one too.