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Welcome to my soundscape project! Please feel free to leave a comment; I would love to hear other people’s opinions on my project and the sounds I have captured, or just your own thoughts on sounds or the soundscape in general.
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Or go to my blog for the latest progress on my project and to see how the project has evolved.
There is also extra material: information on the Edinburgh tram works; a comparison of the December soundscape of Edinburgh with sounds from Glasgow in December; and a comparison between the November recordings in Edinburgh and Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen.
What is a soundscape?
Our soundscape is our sonic environment; the sounds that surround us everywhere in our every day life. In Western society today, it is our sense of sight that dominates how we experience the world. However there is a rich aural world around us that when actively listened to, can be just as astounding and interesting as the world we see.
About my project
My project is concerned with the sounds that can be heard in East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. I have taken two sets of recordings. The first was taken on November 8th 2012, on a typical autumn day; the second was taken four weeks later, when the festive events fill the gardens. I thought it would be interesting to take a recording when the festivities were not there, to compare them and to fully appreciate the soundscape in December, which I feel is a significant aspect of the Christmas atmosphere.