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.
8th April: Willow
7th April: Grazing animals
6th April: Town square
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
3rd April: River Teign
2nd April: Shed!
1st April: Birch
31st March: Padley Common
30th March: Churchyard rooks
Chagford churchyard on a bitterly cold day. No human conversations, but rooks…
29th March: Meldon Hill
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
26th March: Meldon Hill
25th March: Gidleigh Tor
24th March: Hazel, oak and willow
23rd March: Padley Common
22nd March: allotment at dusk
21st March – Tolmenstone
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
17th March – Meldon Hill
16th March – Padley Common
15th March – War Cleave Wood