As I mentioned in my first post, this blog was originally to be about sound for Film and TV, but though I am still interested in that area of audio, I have a new sound-related ‘calling’.
While writing my undergraduate dissertation on the effects of ambient noise on listening habits, I began to think a lot more about soundscapes. I have always been noise sensitive and am usually aware of every sound that I hear, which I have discovered is fairly uncommon. But in my attempts to gain experience in the world of sound for TV and film, I found myself becoming obsessed with ‘real’ sound – the sounds I hear everyday in London, not the processed, manipulated sound accompanying moving images. I kept thinking about how noisy our cities have become, and about ways in which the sonic environment could be improved. I stumbled across a postgraduate programme in Environmental and Architectural Acoustics at London South Bank University, and am happy to say that I will be starting there in September.
So I am hoping to ‘make a difference’ to our soundscapes and to contribute to the growing field of acoustic ecology, following in the footsteps of, among others, R Murray Schafer and Barry Truax of the World Soundscape Project. Many audiophiles, musicians and composers would be familiar with these names, but I would encourage anyone newly interested in these concepts to begin with a recently published book by Bernie Krause entitled The Great Animal Orchestra – which you can buy here on Amazon.