What does the UK coastline sound like and what are the distinctive sounds of Scottish estuaries, Cornish beaches, the Pembrokeshire coast or a busy seafront? In what ways do these sounds fascinate us, move us or seem important to us?
Sounds of our Shores is a community-led, interactive soundmap which asked members of the public to upload their favourite seaside sounds and help build a permanent digital resource of UK coastal recordings. In addition a resident sound artist spent time on the Lizard recording the sounds of our shores. Much of what he recorded and what was uploaded by the public from all over the UK can be found on https://audioboom.com/channel/soundsofourshores.
This coastal soundmap project, organised by the British Library, the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland and audioBoom Ltd, co-incided with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust Neptune Coastline Campaign last year.
Sounds of our Shores is about the whole coastline of the UK. It could be the sounds of a seabird colony, the sounds of a popular seaside resort or the sounds of one of our busy ports.
Last month musician and producer, Martyn Ware, a founding member of the Human League and Heaven 17 has released an 82-minute coastal soundscape - 'Sea Inside Us All' inspired by the hundreds of sounds submitted as part of the 'Sounds of our Shores' project.
It reminds not just how beautiful and varied our coastline is to look at, but how beautiful and varied it sounds too....
Published: April 2016
Author: Alastair Cameron (General Manager-The Lizard & Penrose)