Unique mapping project to capture the sounds of our shores

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 7 July 2015

Unique mapping project to capture the sounds of our shores ó Project aims to capture sounds from the whole of the 10,800 mile UK coastline ó Sounds uploaded on the map will be added to the British Library’s Sound Archive ó Martyn Ware from Human League and Heaven 17 will use sounds to create a new piece of music inspired by the coast The public is being asked to record the sounds that shape and define our relationship with the coast across the UK in a three-month crowd sourced sound project - é’sounds of our shores’ - being launched today by the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and the British Library.

Unique mapping project to capture the sounds of our shores ó Project aims to capture sounds from the whole of the 10,800 mile UK coastline ó Sounds uploaded on the map will be added to the British Library’s Sound Archive ó Martyn Ware from Human League and Heaven 17 will use sounds to create a new piece of music inspired by the coast The public is being asked to record the sounds that shape and define our relationship with the coast across the UK in a three-month crowd sourced sound project - é’sounds of our shores’ - being launched today by the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and the British Library. Sounds can be uploaded on to the first ever UK coastal sound map, hosted on the British Library website. It could be the vibrant sounds of a working fishing village, gulls screaming on one of the wonderful seabird islands dotted around our coast or the kettle whistling from inside a much loved beach hut. All of these sounds will be added to the British Library Sound Archive - creating a snapshot of the beautiful and diverse UK coastline that future generations will be able to hear. The coastal sound map project co-incides with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust Neptune Coastline Campaign. Launched in May 1965, the Trust now manages 775 miles of coast in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Musician, producer and founder member of Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, will be using the sounds submitted by the public to create a brand new piece of music for release in February 2016. We’d love to see MCS supporters get involved with this project - so follow the link to http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1355899679081/ and get involved!

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