Making waves around the UK coastline

The coastline around the UK is a very special one. Its full of amazing places that capture our imagination and its a place that many of us spend alot of time daydreaming about.

Fruit machines on piers and seafronts are just one of the vibrant sounds that you an hear on the coastline. Credit: Tim Stubbings

Fruit machines on piers and seafronts are just one of the vibrant sounds that you an hear on the coastline. Credit: Tim Stubbings

This summer the National Trust in collaboration with the British Library and the National Trust for Scotland has been asking people to record the sounds of the coast.  The ‘sounds of our shores’ project is all about capturing sonic postcards from the whole coastline.

Hundreds of people have taken part; recording sounds from remote stretches of coastline where the waves and seabirds are the only sound for miles around, or submittng sound from a classic seaside town or busy seaport.

With only ten days left to add your sounds there is still plenty of time to help populate the sound map, hosted on the British Library website, with more sonic treasures from our coastline. Musician and producer Martyn Ware (Human League and Heaven 17) will be using the sounds submitted as an inspiration to create a new piece of music, out in February 2016.

We’ve identified some of the gaps on the map (see below) and would love people heading to the coast in the next few weeks and weekends or those lucky enought to be living by the sea to help build up a really comprehensive soundscape of the UK coastline.

Martyn Ware on Brighton   beach recording sounds for the sounds of our shores project. Credit: Tim Stubbings

Martyn Ware on Brighton beach recording sounds for the sounds of our shores project. Credit: Tim Stubbings

Its easy to record the sounds via a free audioboom app or via your laptop. Sounds can be up to 5 minutes long and you can use video to submit sounds (audioBoom does a really clever thing, stripping the sound off of the film).

The areas that we’d love to get more sounds from include:

  • South Devon
  • St Austell to Falmouth
  • Padstow to Bideford
  • Minehead to Weston super Mare
  • Cardiff
  • The Pembrokeshire coastline
  • Cardigan to Aberystwyth
  • North West Wales
  • Merseyside
  • The Cumbrian coast
  • South West Scotland
  • North West Scotland
  • Orkney
  • The coast between Inverness and Dundee
  • Sunderland to north Yorkshire
  • The Wash
  • The Kent coastline
  • West Sussex
  • Portsmouth
  • The East coast of Northumberland

If you’d like to add your coastal sounds they need to be submitted by the 21 September via the audioBoom sounds of our shores channel

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