Friday, 17 July 2009

Save our Sounds and Audioboo

Two interesting website I have come across in the past few days.The first is Save Our Sounds from the BBC World Service. Its been set up to record and preserve audio records of our changing environment. I've had a go at uploading an MP3 recording of an audiotrail that I made and posted on this blog last year. It seemed to work well, though the site is really only set up for static recordings, not audiotrails. This approach enables digital engagement on noise issues by allowing people to easily build up an audio impression of an area through field recordings. It supplements the Bristolstreets map of quiet places and can convey a more accurate impression of the soundscape of an area than descriptive text alone. There's some really interesting sound clips on there, and it makes you aware that all too often the interesting and enjoyable sounds are being lost - drowned in traffic noise.

An enhancement on this is Audioboo - an offshoot of Vimeo. It enables field recordings by iPhone which can then be uploaded to the site with photos and geotagging information. Very swish - if you've got an iPhone...

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