The Ouse Washes Project I

Photograph by Paul Stevens
Ouse Washes Soundscape

The complete soundscape is composed of nine continuous sections, recorded at the following locations: Hermitage Lock, Earith; Sutton Gault; Mepal village; Welches Dam; Pymoor Viaduct; WWT Welney; Welmore Sluice; and Denver Sluice.

Each section – apart from the one recorded at Welmore Sluice, which is quite short – includes edited field recordings and a 2 minute insert of manipulated sounds.

All the material is based on field recordings made in the Ouse Washes area between August 2015 and August 2016, using a Marantz PMD660 recorder and external microphones made by Ian Brady. The original 48k WAV files were transferred to a MacBook and edited using Audacity and Logic.

The manipulated files were created using different real-time processing methods. Applications used were fLOW and REplay PLAYER by Karlheinz Essl; Sapling by Sineqube; Time Toy Xtreme by LowNorth; and The Black Widow Sample Player by Andy Murkin. Outboard devices used were a Behringer Tweakalizer and a modified Mattell UCreate Music. The resultant files were also edited using Audacity and Logic.

All sounds recorded, edited, arranged and produced by Andy Murkin.

You can also listen to this soundscape with a specially prepared slideshow of photographs from the Ouse Washes here.

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