In the current edition
Society Meeting Reports
2019 AGM & Members Weekend
Reflections and Reverberations
Things We Forget
Olympus LS-P4 Review
Introduction to Tech Talk
Dates of WSRS Events
Autumn 2019 Edition
As the new Journal Editor I get to see the 51st year of the society out with this Autumn edition of ‘Wildlife Sound’. This edition takes us on a journey from, recording ocean sounds to high moorland; stories of recording endeavours in the United States to the forests of Sweden. We also have reports on our visits to Avalon Marshes and the AGM at Rutland Water. Along with features on equipment, recording tips, conference feedback and an introduction to a new section ‘Tech Talk’, a place to indulge and share technical ideas.
Our field trip to Avalon Marshes in Somerset took place in April. This was well attended with access to a number of recording locations including West Hay, Ham Wall and a ‘recce’ of Steart Marshes near Bridgwater Bay as a possible site for future trips.
The AGM event in July was over two days. On the Saturday members participated in society discussions, had a presentation from Derek McGinn about his recording experiences in Scotland, listened to recordings from Competition winners and tried their hand at the AGM sound quiz. For those that stayed on, overnight recording were possible along with some sound workshops on the Sunday.
We can read about several field recording trips and projects from: Chris Watson in misty conditions on Northumberland moorland. He then takes us across to Iceland for recording of the new BBC series ‘Seven Worlds One Planet’; Guido Helbling discussing ‘in-depth’, techniques for recording oceans and waves; Creative work from Jo Kennedy on the making of a piece of ecological sound art; and to round off, adventures of an ‘intrepid’ trio of sound recordists in Sweden recounted by Alan Burbidge.
From the United States, Steven Shepard shares his experience of a recording trip to New York State; whilst Dick Todd gives us a sense of the passion and transformative nature of sound recording in his article ‘A Call of the Wild’.
Closer to home Tony Fulford reports back on his time talking to visitors at the WSRS stand for the Cambridge Natural History Society’s 100th Conversazione and also as a delegate in Brighton at the ‘marathon’ six day XXVII International Bioacoustics Congress.
Further articles from members, include: Discussion of the positive links that field recording and sound could have for young people, written by Martin Scaiff; and equipment reviews, technical sound matters, ‘close-ups’ on species along with our Officers reports. Also, several articles from members this time make reference to and discuss our emotional connection with sound and wildlife sound in particular.
Although we aim primarily to record and experience the natural world we also need to manage existing and future technology. From reviewing WSRS journals in the archive, it is evident that there have always been technical matters that we need to deal with, many just change over time. We receive many articles discussing technology but as it can be quite diverse I have decided to introduce a section to be a home for this, called ‘Tech Talk’. Obviously there will still be technical aspects to include routinely in our field reports and other areas but additionally specific or more standalone technical detail can sit in Tech Talk. I have written an introductory article which explains potential things to include, along with how we could maintain a level of perspective in the way we use and think about technology.
Alan, our Honorary Secretary, opens up the discussion on being and feeling involved as a member of WSRS, in the Secretary’s section of this journal. Please take a look and feedback your thoughts to him.
I hope you enjoy this Autumn journal and possibly, even ‘consume’ it as an antidote to some of the madness currently in the human world. I am looking forward to working on the Spring edition and also hope you are able to find opportunities to ‘get involved’ in 2020.
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