I am part of this network, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The (not very snappy) title pretty much sums it up. It’s an exciting group of people with exciting ideas and I’m very pleased to be part of it.

We’ve met once at Fountains Abbey and we meet again in February 2011 at Cove Park. The third meeting will be in London at the Anatomy Theatre and Museum at King’s College London. The three venues provide three very different settings and will, I’m sure, provoke very different debate and action.

I’m taking my recording equipment with me and brought home a few useful recordings. The most dramatic is from ¬†about¬†8am on Sunday morning. I was in the tower of the abbey ruin with the microphone pointed into the rear wall to maximise the impact of the building on the ambient sound around it. Sounds are coming through the entrance, from above and through the stone walls.
As I sat there recording I heard a strange, almost metallic, beating. And then a pair of swans flew through the large, intact, window at the end of the ruin, along the length of the abbey and out the other end. It was an incredible sight against the bright blue sky. The windows they flew through are shown in the pics here.

This is the recording:
FountAbbey17Oct10A by timjnunn