Dartmoor Soundings

These are such strange days. Self-isolating should be a pleasure; a quiet walk on the Moor, in the woods, by the river. A chance to breathe, a chance to be quiet, to just sit perhaps. To gain perspective, or be with nature. To let the breeze and song move across the skin. How odd that such isolation now becomes a necessity for darker reasons. 

So here is a new project, a collaboration with Tony Whitehead. Every day from now on, we will record the progress of spring and summer from the spaces and silences that surround us here on Dartmoor, and share them here. Our aim is to produce 15-30 minutes of unedited sound of nature and the moor, every day, for anyone to listen to and connect to what’s going on out there as the springtime unfolds – wherever you are.

As the coronavirus lockdown intensifies, I’d just like to emphasise that these recordings are all taken during our daily walk out from home!

Click on the links for the recordings. Feel free to download the sound files – these are all commons. Shared with love.

5th April: Garden

A windy evening, with the microphone sheltered in the shed! The slightly mournful song of a mistle thrush in the distance.

4th April: Padley Common

Springtime in full swing

3rd April: River Teign

River, sunshine, springtime

31st March: Padley Common

A cold dimpsey time.

30th March: Churchyard rooks

Chagford churchyard on a bitterly cold day. No human conversations, but rooks…

29th March: Meldon Hill

Very chilly!

28th March: Round Pound, Batworthy

Wild winds whipping across the moor, and meadow pipits (the picture is of nearby Scorhill)

27th March: fields by river Teign

Blackbird song and gorgeous calm

26th March: Meldon Hill

Sleepy sunny lunchtime with chiffchaffs

23rd March: Padley Common

The edge of Chagford at dusk, with owls!

22nd March: allotment at dusk

Disgruntled blackbirds and weeds growing happily

21st March – Tolmenstone

A healing stone above the river Teign

20th March – St Michael’s church, Chagford

As the pubs close their doors, here’s the sound of the centre of our little Dartmoor town

19th March – Week Down green lane

A green lane with no end! Bit rainy.

18th March – Natterdon Hill

A blackbird serenading the close of the day

17th March – Meldon Hill

Dark, glorious nearly-nothingness of nature

16th March – Padley Common

A sparkly, frosty, sunny sunrise

15th March – War Cleave Wood

The first outing at dusk

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