Western Isles asked to capture the sounds of our shores

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People of the Western Isles are being asked to record their favourite seaside sounds as part of the ‘sounds of our shores’ which is being run by the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and the British Library this summer.

Sounds of the coastline around the Western Isles can be uploaded on to the first ever UK coastal sound map, hosted on the British Library website. These might include the clamour of seals on Mingulay.

All of the recordings will be added to the British Library Sound Archive – capturing for all time soundscapes from the beautiful and diverse UK coastline that future generations will be able to hear.

Musician, producer and founder member of Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, will be using the sounds recorded by the public, which could include sounds from the around the Scottish coast, to create a brand new piece of music for release in February 2016.

The National Trust for Scotland cares over 1000 miles of Scottish coastline and 400 islands, including Canna, Pabbay, Mingulay and Berneray and St Kilda.

Dr Richard Luxmoore, Senior Nature Advisor from the National Trust for Scotland said: “The sounds of the coast clamour for our attention and leave an indelible impression on our hearts.”

Sounds recorded, whether on a smart phone, tablet or handheld recorder, can be uploaded to the map via the audioBoom website or app (they are both free and easy to use). The sounds will then appear on the map, which will be hosted on the British Library website.

All of the recordings should be a maximum of five minutes in length and images and words about the particular sound can be added. People will then be able to share their sounds on the map with friends and family. The closing date for uploading sounds is Monday 21 September 2015.

At the end of the project all of the sounds that appear on the map will then be added to the British Library’s Sound Archive for future generations to hear.

The sounds from the ‘sounds of our shores’ map will be used by Martyn Ware to create a new piece of music.

The 20-minute soundscape will transport listeners to the sensory richness of the coastline; capturing the working coastline and the coast where we go to play.

To get involved in the project visit: website.

Participants will also be able to share their sounds on social media using the hashtag #shoresounds.

Picture courtesy of reader Ronald MacAlpine.