We’ve recently been contacted by the BBC World Service regarding an exciting project they’re running over the summer.
Here’s the story
Basically, it goes something like this: The World Service has a couple of documentaries going out in July about Acoustic Ecology – studying the world through sound, recording soundscapes and preserving endangered sounds. We are opening this up to the world and encouraging people to become acoustic ecologists themselves, through our “Save Our Sounds” project. There’s going to be an audio map where you upload your audio and then you can click around the globe and listen to the sounds of other countries.
That will be launching in the next couple of weeks, but we’re just trying to get people excited and thinking about it before then too. We’d love it if you’d like to take part.
There will be a place online where you can upload sounds, or if you are an AudioBoo user (it’s lots of fun) you can upload your sounds and tag them BBC_SOS and we’ll add them in. We’re looking for sound rather than voices so it’s all about thinking about your favourite sounds, or sounds that best describe where you live and sending them in.
There’ll be sound scavenger hunts once the main site is up and running – with daily themes like “bells” or “transport” or “9am” and we’re already looking for submissions for “Desperately Seeking Sounds”. It’s a bit like lonely hearts in sound – so if there’s a sound you’d love to hear again, perhaps something that you miss from back home, let us know a bit about it and we’ll do our best to match-make!
Kate Arkless Gray, who’s running the project is an Alumnus of CUR 1350 – as well as being involved in ASRA, the Association of Student Radio Alumni.