The streets and lanes around Norwich are full of birdsong.
As part of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s 90th anniversary I’ve been working with them to create a sound trail around Norwich city centre.
Ten shops have given over their windows to display some stunning photographs by Richard Osbourne. For six of these shops, I’ve provided a soundtrack of recordings from the featured Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve.
So you can stand outside Museum of Norwich in Bridewell Alley and see and hear Wayland Wood. Move over to Lush on the corner of Gentleman’s Walk and White Lion Street and you will be submerged in the sounds and sights of Roydon Common.
It has been a interesting project to work on. The gathering of the field recordings and creating six seperate soundscapes has been a joy with many early mornings at locations I love.
Getting the sound into the windows has also been a fascinating experience. Using a Soundpod each of the six windows have been transformed into loudspeakers. The Soundpods stick directly onto the glass – one for each shop – make the glass itself the loudspeaker. I used a small 12volt amplifier connected to a cheap MP3 player, both powered by mains electricity.
The sound can be heard both inside and outside of the shops and the comments from the shop staff has been amazing. Customers have been discussing which birds they can hear and the staff themselves say that the birdsong is calming.
If you are in Norwich the trail is there until Sunday 5th June.
The participating shops are:
Cotswold Outdoor – Theatre Street (Ranworth Broad)
White Stuff – London Street (Upton Broad)
Dipples – Swan Lane (Foxley Wood)
Museum of Norwich – Bridewell Alley (Wayland Wood)
The Book Hive – London Street – (Cley Marshes)
Lush – Gentleman’s Walk/White Lion Street (Roydon Common)
The shops without audio but with amazing photographs are;
HSBC Bank – London Road, Jessops -Davey Place, Jarrold – Bedford Street and The Forum – Millennium Plain