Monday, 6 December 2010

it's that time of year again - time for the annual 'favourite sounds heard in....' lists.

please send me a list of the 5 favourite sounds that you have heard during 2010 for inclusion on the blog.

it's simple....choose five favourite sounds heard in 2010 - they can be ones you've gathered yourself, heard in situ only (natural, man made, at concerts etc) or on recordings you have made or aquired....submitted lists will be added to the post upon reciept by email to this address:

last years choices can be viewed

have fun & I look forward to reading your choices ! & of course have a nice xmas & new year !

here's mine:

. recording me & my daughter feeding ducks & swans on the Norfolk broads
. dawn chorus & sheep eating along the banks of the humber
. a recording of me, Pheobe & Amy sheltering from the rain in a pop-up tent at Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
. razor clams along the north wales coast
. the sound of bridges in wales & portugal
submitted by Kevin Colver:

1. Sage Grouse Lek:

2. Spring morning in Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area:

4. Raven Courtship:

5. White-throated Swift Colony:

Soundscapes for Birders - a Podcast of Natural Sounds


submitted by Alexis Bhagat:

daniel teige's "xenakis: interpretations" concert at diapason in brooklyn
submitted by John Kannenberg:
1) A tree trimmer at work in the Mahmoud Mukhtar Museum's outdoor park, Cairo, Egypt:
2) The muezzin calls to prayer overlapping while walking down Talaat Harb, Cairo, Egypt:

3) The incredible mixture of sounds during a taxi ride from downtown Cairo to Zamalek:

4) A projector showing a silent film to an exceptionally attentive crowd at the Paradiso during the Sonic Acts conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands

5) Echoes in the Reverb Chamber at Columbia College, Chicago


submitted by Mark Trigwell:

bit of a bird theme but...

1. Dartford Warblers alarm calls - Shatterford Bottom, New Forest
2. Luc Ferrari's ‘Madame de Shanghai’
3. Burning of Bamboo - trapped air bursting from stems
4. Boris Nikolayevich Veprintsev's Voices of Birds in the Nature, 5xLP, Melodiya (1966)
5. The lovely 'key ratting' emanating from a small flock of Corn Buntings - Martin Down, Hants/Wiltshire border

Mark Trigwell (Ecologist)


submitted by Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk):

‎1) the winter gas van song on rokko mountain, okamoto
2) the collective squawk of battersea's wild parakeets
3) the nostalgic hum of a propellor plane from torino to london.
4) the sound of stilettos echoing on the ethelburga landing.
5) "if i
t ain't broke, break it" - the sound of broken note


submitted by Amy Newton:

1. Sea water lapping a natural jetty, Caernarfon/Sunset.
2. Lonnie, horse whisperering directly into my ear.
3. A vibrating 1970s mirror in a Scarborough hotel.
4. Switching the car engine off to free wheel/'trough' the valleys.
5. JRF's multi
tude of snores....(ok not a fav)
5. My first listen to a 'tree' via contact mic.


submitted by Ian Cleary:

1) The crackle of a coal fire
2) The sing-song engine note of a VW camper van
3) Gulls over the harbour at Whitby
4) Lily getting a sound from her clarinet for the first time, and the look of surprise and delight on her face
5) The thump of a
rabbit, when you open the hutch to feed it
submitted by Sofie Cooper:
1. The sound of a robot opening a spaceship door (used it in my cardboard Hawaii installation/robot vs a giant lizard massacre)
2. Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill via RockBand on Ben Nash's xbox.
3. Dorothy Carter - Troubadour
4. John Cage's 4.33 Ringtone.
5. Hearing Neil Young when I walk through my front door reminds me I'm not alone.

1st Ping computer - antivirus information that the virus database is automatically updated.
2nd Audio cable sliding down the Petrin Hill in Prague.
3rd Children's plastic mobile phone ringing.
4th Magpie cries on the hillside near the house.
5th Jingle TV StarDance.


submitted by Catherine Lamb:
whistling squash while being cooked!


submitted by Meta Morphos:

the wind in the trees
my lovers joyful voice
my dog dreaming
wild geeze leaving
water of a wild river

submitted by Iain Paxon (hamilton yarns):
(1)bonfire bangers( lewes, sussex)
(2)church bells(from my house, st bartholomews, brighton)
(3)cold glass cracking from the heat of my tea - clunk!(first time! the kitchen, london road, brighton)
(4)neil young record playing in the next field as i slept in a caravan in mid wales (pen-y-bont)
(5)church organ gently pressed quarter tone squeek (allsaints, lewes)
submitted by Joe Stevens:
hard hard choice to limit to 5 top sounds of 2010. kept flucturing between my sounds, including one rec captured with your hydrophone at end of pier, and sounds i've been listening to from other artists. But here u go:

Joe Stevens Top 5 tracks of 2010

1. Bernard Parmegiani – En Phase/Hors Phase – this still has to be on my all time top track of all time. I love it
2. Toshiya Tsunoda – Small Sand-Stream On Beach inspiring
3. spring time; frogs mating in my backgarden
4. Benedict Drew – 2 Charcoal filter two (hard to single out one track from Benedict Drew's catlog)
5. Wind Turbine at Portland Harbour

submitted by Paulo Raposo:

Underwater recording i made in the Gilão river, Tavira, south of portugal (listen in Aporee Maps)

Experiencing (not only) the sound and the sudden energy of a tornado passing by in Oberhausen, Germany

Recording inside the 120 mt high gasometer in Oberhausen

Carlos Santos recording of Furnas, Azores islands

and the sound installation i did with Carlos for 15 radios, using micro-fm transmitters, scattered in the Garden of the Goethe Institut in Lisbon during Radialx 2010.

submitted by Christian Munthe:

1. The sound of the blasting cleanup of the Gothenburg Art Museum facade, as heard from the square below. Alas, no recording available making the massive natural phase shift effects justice

2. Patrick Farmer: Severn Farms Pond:;

3. Sven Åke Johansson, Werner Daffeldecker & Axel Dörner @ the Gothenburg Art Sounds festival:;

4. My daughter figuring out songs she likes on the guitar and/or keyboard

5. The sound at night called "silence"


submitted by Eric Leonardson:

Here's my list. I don't have recordings of many of these sounds. It seems my favorites are the ones that catch me by surprise, when I have nothing to record with. Most of these are are not unique to 2010. They catch my attention every year.

1. Frog: heard only once, during the American Society for Acoustic Ecology soundwalk at Miller Woods (in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore), near a marsh that sounded more like a ghostly cooing than the typical croaking;
2. Canada geese, either individuals or migrating flocks as they fly over my house;
3. Church bells outside of Heinz Weber's and Margerete Zander's apartment in Berlin;
4. Polyphonic squeals of brakes and the reverberant, chain-reaction boom of the cars on long freight trains outside my house, similar to certain passages in the music of Penderecki;
5. Insects in July and August: cicadas buzz and the katydids clicking.


submitted by Pete Minns:
in no particular order....

1: The conversations of others on the bus.
2: "Test Match Special", all day in summer, all night in winter.
3: The 4.30am silence once the burglar alarms across the road have stopped.
4: My television dropping into the skip at the recycling centre.
5: Everything Else.


submitted by Keith Britton:

1 Rolling Booming surf in Taghazoute, with the call to prayer mixed in
2 The muffled early morning sounds after a heavy snowfall
3 My sister calling to tell me she was off to hospital for a lung transplant
4 patrick wolf damaris
5 being told (by wife and kids) I love you


submitted by Salome Voegelin:
the first cry of my daughter
a choir somewhere
my son laughing in the swimming pool
the voice announcing the station stop where I get off to be home


submitted by Daniel Holdsworth:

"to-ry scum" chanted over election footage..


submitted by Urduja Manaoag:

- first sounds of a baby
- stretchy opening of a spiky durian
- a kettle in a china guest house
- philippine night crickets and frogs
- winter's springy heater vent


submitted by Jan Phethean:

the robins winter song at dawn
my grand daughters voice on skype
the sea breezes in the monteray pines next to our house
the curlews call
summer rain on the roof


submitted by Daniel Jones:

Following on from my list of last year... every sound my son Jack has produced since he was born on 16 June has been my highlight. Every gurgle, squeak, yelp, burble, babble, coo and accidental 'adult-sounding' word has been far and away the most exciting set of noises for me this past year (and possibly ever!). Long may it continue!


submitted by Maile Colbert:

-my soon-to-be-born nephew Issac's little fast brave heart in his beautiful mama's belly

-my own heart skipping a beat in the hospital

-inland sun-baked Alentejo, Portugal cooling at night

-Rui Costa's underwater recordings in Aveiro, Portugal

-snow shoes on an icy wooden path in Endicott, NY


submitted by Mark Valentine:

Seals singing in the seas off Lindisfarne

The satisfying spit and crackle of our first fire of the year

Richard Skelton’s Landings and Brian Lavelle’s Lambent

The genteel tones of aged ladies greeting each other, bookshop, Snettisham

[“I do not think we have met since I returned from Oberammergau…”]

The scuttering flutter of peacocks in a tea garden

although the water at Linton Falls, the echo in the windbreak at Beacon Hill House, the wind in the trees at Norton Conyers, and many bright spurts of birdsong were also all notable.


submitted by Steven Chase:

Here are my suggestions, in no particular order (and I'm sure there would be others if I thought about this tomorrow):

The echo of Victoria Quays, Sheffield in response to Michael Parsons' Echo Piece;

The snow tonight (30-xi-10) in Sheffield (Hunters Bar to London Rd and back) selectively muffling and amplifying the chatter and traffic;

The sound of a Nigerian boom horn winding its way through the multi-storey car park on Bank St, Sheffield with the accompaniment of water bombs landing in the street and the interjections of the car park security guard;

Ross Parfitt playing Peter Ablinger's Weiss/Weisslich 20 at the Site Gallery;

John Lely's Four Reed Organs also at Site.


submitted by Mark Peter Wright:

1. The song 'Ever Since' by the Dirty Three being played at my marriage ceremony.
2. The sounds of the Thames River from under a pier.
3. The sound of Church bells echoing between streets in Ljubljana.
4. The sound of a completely empty train traveling at night.
5. The sound of bed sheets in Scotland.


submitted by John Grzinich:

(in chronological order):

echoes in the Tuefelsberg dome in Berlin
echoes in the great flagpole on Heybeli Island in Istanbul
drones of the Princes Island bridge in Calgary
echoes in the historic Sea Plane Hangar in Tallinn
echoes of the mine detonations in Northeast Estonia

submitted by Sarah Hughes:

1. baby Jack gurggling
2. Rhodri Davis and John Butcher at the LRB
3. Porth Oer at sunrise
4. The Irish sea at Aberystwyth
5. Snow at night time


submitted by Patrick Farmer:

The unnerving excitement of piglets at a farm in Churchstoke
The weight of sound produced by the aeolian disintegration of a thin layer of ice at Llyn Mawr
Richard Pinnell singing Bette Midler songs
When on and off collide by Daniel Jones
Corgroc by ap'strophe


submitted by Daniel Crokaert - Mystery Sea/Unfathomless (artist/label owner)

1. The sound produced by my youngest son's hands on a mural heater.
2. The gurgling of a water pump on a nearby construction site.
3. Snow falling through the branches of a pine forest in Valmeinier (Haute-Savoie, France).
4. The roaring of a moth's wings on the window of a wooden garden shed.
5. Rain on the terra cotta tiles of our roof.

submitted by Richard Pinnell:

. The now very familiar and regular sound of red kites screeching overhead in South Oxfordshire.

2. The incredible intimacy and atmosphere of Radu Malfatti and Klaus Filip live in Dublin in March.

3. Michael Pisaro's forty note piano chord sent to my girlfriend Julie as a fortieth birthday present.

4. Perfectly timed raindrops at the end of a nice little concert down in Brighton in March.

5. Antoine Beuger's Keine fernen mehr

P.S. Bette Midler songs my arse...


submitted by Holly Cryan:

1.the sound of scissors cutting 'proper' fabric
2. the sound of a bauble as it hits the floor and bounces but doesnt break
3. the sound of fresh snow crunching underfoot
4. the 'pips' at 7pm
5. the non-sound as i turn my hearing aid off and go back into my world

submitted by Scott Sherk:

1. Steve Roden, Steve Peters, and Seth Cluett's pieces interacting with Annea Lockwood's river in the distance at the Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College.
2. Patrick McGinley, aka murmur, playing the space at Muhlenberg College.
3. The sound of my installation up and running, again, after an untimely computer crash at the Katonah Museum of Art. Whew.
4. The Middle Barn -- Two Days of Yesterday
5. Helena Gough - Mikroklimata


Favourite sounds of 2010, by maksims shentelevs

1. It was Sunday dec. 25. I was lying in snow on the baltic seaside. Temperature was around 0. Mist was transforming into light drops softly falling on my face. From the right side was a sound of the sea quitly playng on the seashore ice. From the left – icecovered branches tinkling in the wind.

2. this year we’ve made with friends a lecture-performance. It was in huge abandoned Power plant building in Riga. We had a 40 people choir singing in the main turbine hall. In the very beginning I wanted the choir members to be spread all over the trashed multi levelled hall making sounds with found objects and resonating metal constructions of the turbine installation. Audience was brought into space in small groups of 5 people and each group would be lead throught the whole space untill they are seated in the opposite side from the entrance. That would set up the mood during the play. When on the opening night we did it I was astonished how powerful and true this expression was. I made the whole trip with the audience, and I have to admit that this intro was my favourite part of the whole performance. Sound was filling the whole space with countless unpredictable variations of the slowly shifting structure, that reshaped with each move throught the space. The dimm light of headlamps and mistery shadows from few projectors summed this all into an unforgettable experience where sound an space were truly expressed as a whole.

3. Amaizing sound of the first performance of my sisters’ friends group called something like ”sorrow messenger” They play industrial / ambient using concert version of traditional Latvian folk instrument - ”kokle- sort of large zither. It was in an underground bunker. Space was comperatively small with low cealing, but very complex planning structure. Sound was reflecting from the multiple massive concrete columns and spreading so unpredictably in all directions that even standing just in front of them I would hear sounds coming from all around in the most unpredictable combinations. It was so powerful that I even didnt move around hipnotized by the richness of variations in the one single spatial spot.

4. this summer solstice celebration was another memorable sonic-space experience. I spent 2 days in foresters estate with some 10 friends of mine. The whole solstice night is tradicionally celebrated by the large outdoor fire accompanied by singing and dancing. We spent it burning wood that we collected cleaning the garden, singing folk songs, playng instruments and dancing traditional dances. For me it was a truly unic experience of social situation that naturally recreates an age old tradition. We made no agreement on what we will do, no organization, no special preparations. Just some brought instruments thinking they might be used, some brought song books just in case of singing and as a result we spent the whole night in 6 hour of continuous singing-playing-dancing flow. We went to sleep in the morning, but the first thing we did when we got up – just started playing and dancing again. Well its partly due to the fact that half of my friends are ethno- musicologists and folclorists and another part are choir singers, well some are not, but still the whole situation was unic for all of us as it went out spontaniosly and naturally. I have 4 hour field recordings of that night.

5. During the sound-workshop in Cesis (Latvia) we made the usual excersize of sound associations. When sitting in a circle one sayes a word or a phrase and

all simultaniously play associations using simple non musical objects. There are no rules on shape or duration of expression it ends up naturally. But anyway usually excersize goes one or two rounds, that makes some 10 - 15 min. This time it just went on and on. When I pushed the stop button on the recorder the track was 40 min. And we were just 4 people in the room... That evening we had to perform a concert in same room, it was a very special performance, there were many spirits amongst audience.

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