Here at Anderson Acoustics, we aim to build awareness about the important role that sound plays in our everyday lives. We know that sound has a direct relationship to how we feel and that sounds of Nature are integral to our wellbeing.
On Sunday 1st May, we were thrilled to be able to stream a live sound recording from outside our London Bridge office, organised by SoundTent as part of International Dawn Chorus Day.
This year’s Dawn Chorus Day was the biggest and most interactive ever, with participants worldwide streaming audio feeds of the dawn chorus, using the hashtag #idcd on Twitter to share their experiences of the event.
The Wildlife Trust organises this great annual event, which has grown from a small gathering in the 1980s in Birmingham to an international celebration of nature’s daily miracle.
Our live audio feed has now ended, but you can still take a look at the interactive map with links to audio being streamed from all over the world here.
Sharing our city soundscape
In the same way that a landscape comprises the visual features of a location, a soundscape encompasses the acoustic features that give identity and a sense of place. Through this live streaming, we have been able to share our rich and vibrant city soundscape – and despite our central London location, we have heard a wide variety of sounds, including church bells, birdsong, construction works, aircraft, people and traffic.
As part of our work on soundscapes, sound is included as a component of design at the early stages of a project. To develop sustainably, we all need to change the way we design our landscape and built environment, designing for sound itself, not just mitigating to reduce noise.
To find out more about our approach, please take a look at our Soundscapes page and visit the SonicOasis website, home to our innovation projects. If you have a project in mind, do get in touch to speak to us about how we can help.