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Project starts to capture sounds of the Chilterns

Recordings will be added to an interactive map created by the Chilterns Conservation Board.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:46am 9th January 2020. 3-minute read.

Project starts to capture sounds of the Chilterns

Young people are being asked to help create a sound map of the Chilterns.

As part of a project to get us to pause, listen and enjoy our favourite places in Bucks, the Chilterns Conservation Board have set up 'Echoed Locations'

It has been developed with help from Charles Pugh (Consultancy Manager, National Trust) and Andy Shipley (Founder, Natural Inclusions) and will empower local communities to get out into nature and urban spaces which are significant to them and contribute to the first sonic map of the Chilterns.

As part of the five-year Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and spearheaded by the Chilterns Conservation Board, this project will work with youth groups, schools and local communities, providing free sound recording workshops and online resources to empower residents to map the sounds of the Chilterns.

Echoed Locations wants audio recordings from across the Chilterns, whether this is the sound of a barn owl or a steam train, a dawn chorus or morning rush hour, to create the first sonic map of the region and discover the 'sound of the Chilterns'. 

As the world becomes noisier, and yet increasingly focused on the visual, Echoed Locations aims to reconnect people with their local wildlife and cultural heritage, through the medium of sound.

Wildflower meadow
Could the breeze in a wildflower meadow be your recording?

Sometimes we can forget to listen to the world around us in an active way, and this project encourages residents to record the sounds around them and help create a sonic legacy of the Chilterns today. 

Sound recording workshops focusing on 'learning to listen', honing our ability to disconnect from the hubbub and distractions of day-to-day life and really enjoy the natural sounds all around us will be delivered across the region.

This listening focus is motivated by a desire to improve the mental health of project participants and transform people's relationship with the natural world around them. 

Get involved

Anyone can participate by adding audio recordings via the website page and schools, local community groups and youth groups are encouraged to reach out to book a free sound recording workshop in 2020.

Spaces are limited, so do get in touch soon to book your place. 

The Board are also looking for local volunteers to be their 'Sonic Champions', in High Wycombe, Amersham, Aylesbury and Princes Risborough (or the surrounding areas).

These individuals will help promote the project and be given full training.

Contact Elizabeth Buckley on lbuckley@chilternsaonb.org to sign up for a sound recording workshop or as a volunteer, or with any other questions you may have about getting involved with the project. 

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