Meet the Sound Hunters

The London Sound Survey at work recording in Stamford Hill, north London

The London Sound Survey at work recording the babble of Yiddish in Stamford Hill, north London

I’ve just had an article in the New York Times about going “sound hunting” with some of the world’s leading field recordists: the London Sound Survey, Kate Carr and Chris Watson (you’ll have heard his work since he does the sound for David Attenborough’s documentaries).

Read it here, and scroll down to hear the sounds of the “carnage” of bats eating at night and a waterboatman smashing its penis against its stomach!

There were a few other people I’d have loved to get in, but didn’t have the space: Des Coulam, who does the amazing Soundlandscapes blog in Paris where you can find the noises of everything from hospitals to riots; Vladimir Kryuchev who runs the Oontz site from smalltown Russia; and Cheryl Tipp, who’s one of the British Library’s sound curators (and sometimes writes for its Sound and Vision blog).

Check them all out. No, this isn’t anything about national anthems – my usual subject – but I hope you enjoy the piece.

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