Young People Climb Trees To Tune Into Nature, Literally.

The Young People from City Academy Norwich and City of Norwich School enjoyed a wonderful outside learning experience recently when they visited Sheringham Park with MAP’s HomeSounds group, a collaboration with Recast Music Education & MAP.

Throughout the day the young people got the chance to listen to and record the sounds of nature using various high quality audio equipment. Most central to this part of the project is a microphone that is placed in amongst the trees and then livestreams the ambient sounds of the woods 24 hours a day.  You too can tune into the relaxing sounds of the woods and environment by visiting the locusonussoundmap …experience the amazing sounds of the wild life as you are reading this!

A student listens to the sound of sap from a fallen tree

Rob Coleman from Sheringham Park was the expert guide and educator for the group as they eagerly explored the site – listening, recording, walking and talking.

The group invites young people to tune into the world around them through the art of field-recording trips, sound-walks, live-streaming, listening sessions, microphone building and more.  They are encouraged to connect with both their natural and man-made sound-worlds. Through this primary listening connection they have been encouraged to tune into themselves and their inner worlds and develop their understanding for, and appreciation of, their role and place within the natural world & relationships.

Recast Educations said: ‘Highlights at the park included listening to tree sap, recording jackdaw, nuthatch, blackcap and beautiful skylarks singing by the sea. Other highlights included the sounds of steam trains, the atmospheric acoustics of 2nd world war bunkers and soundscapes from across the park” One of the young people taking part announced “I have just learnt the most ever!”

For more information on how to join the group or The ‘Soundbites’ element of the project you can get in contact with Ed King on: M:07795 265 193 or go to HomeSounds

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