A Virtual Visit Through:
Soundscapes define communities; their boundaries, their people, their geographic intricacies, and industries. They arise through interactions between external and internal forces within a community. Soundmarks make the soundscape of one place different from any other place in the world, and are unique to each. The soundmark of your home might be a log burner, crackling away as the flames engulf the wood fuel, or the tinkle of a wind chime in your back garden, or even the sound of a particular bird that frequents your garden on a regular basis.
You like these sounds, because they make you feel a certain way. You may even have designed the environment around you, by sculpting a beautiful garden to attract that particular bird which frequents it, illuminating your aesthetic sensibility and personal background and culture.
All sounds are unique in nature. They occur at one time in one place and can’t be replicated. In fact, it is physically impossible for nature to reproduce any phoneme twice in exactly the same manner . Schafer, Murray (2004). Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music
It is critical that we do not forget about sound, because it has a decidedly cultural role within our acoustic ecology.
Remembering the sounds of the past can give us indications of the communities evolution, affording people with the tools to look toward the future. A coastal community, for example, can call on the memories of the sound of hammer onto wood at a shipyard as a driving force to revitalise an industry fallen by the wayside. The culture of a community is its lifeblood and is something shared as reaffirmation of the community’s importance and vibrancy.
Soundscapes of Stirling is all about creating a digital archive of field recordings, from in and around the City of Stirling, with the ambition in mind to ensure the sounds, of our now, are not forgotten. The process has so far been quite time intensive for me, but the framework to share these cultural Soundmarks, and Soundscapes, is in place. So, now I can concentrate more on starting to add the content for people all over the world to listen to, and get a sense of the place, Stirling City, and of Scotland.
There are lots of other types of content planned for Soundscapes of Stirling, which include 360° Ambisonic Audio, 360° Video, 360°Aerial Video, 360° Photography and 360° Virtual Tours of the area, making full use of today’s modern technology. This content will come in time, but right now, I need to concentrate on getting more Soundscape content up, so please be patient with me.
“sound is intrinsically and unignorably relational: it emanates, propagates, communicates, vibrates, and agitates; it leaves a body and enters others; it binds and unhinges, harmonises and traumatises; it sends the body moving, the mind dreaming, the air oscillating”
Brandon La Belle