Category Archives: Nature

Toxophily

Yesterday morning I spent two and half hours flinging fibreglass sticks at plastic models of animals that were dotted around a mile-long path in some woodland. This is my new hobby. Actually it’s an old hobby that I’ve returned to … Continue reading

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SARS​-​CoV​-​2_LR757995_2b

I’ve got some more new music out on the label Superpang. It’s a sonification of the coronavirus genome data played with Razor VSTi synth, arranged into a kind of electro beat. The genome data is a list of 4 letters … Continue reading

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A FIDS MONITOR

This is an album released last year, but which I didn’t write about on this blog. So here’s a belated bit about it. Like much of my recent work, A FIDS MONITOR is based on sonification of data. This is … Continue reading

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Ladybower camp

It rains more often than not at the place where we usually go camping, in some woods near Ladybower reservoir, but this time the weather was good. We’ve been coming to this same spot for 20 years now. Other than … Continue reading

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Hawthorn and Cow Parsley

Spring has finally got going here in Sneinton. Around three weeks ago swifts arrived back, and in the past week hawthorn has bloomed. The screaming of swifts as they feed on the wing, getting closer as the day ends and … Continue reading

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Railways and Reading

Since starting a job in Leicester six months ago, I’ve been travelling to work by rail. On the return journey, the railway follows the river Soar going North out of Leicester all the way up to Ratcliffe, then takes a … Continue reading

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The Sound of Air (part 1)

I am fascinated by the effect of air on sound. In particular, I’m interested in the effect it has on the sound of air and road traffic. It sounds like a ‘tumbling’ or ‘folding’ of sound, with fluctuations in loudness, … Continue reading

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Rain on Hat

The Soundscape by R. Murray Schafer is a book that argues forcefully and poetically for us to open our ears and listen to the sonic environment, because the quiet spaces and natural tempos that we require for a healthy and … Continue reading

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Woods are good(s)

A woodland is just about my favourite place to be. I believe that woodlands provide vaulable spaces for wildlife and for our wellbeing, thus they deserve appreciation and preservation. The image at the top of this page was taken at … Continue reading

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