Swaffham - No Time To Stand And Stare

by SonicFields

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What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep, or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies 1871 - 1940

An appropriate poem given todays headlong rush through life, with much of the 'beauty' either lost through building development or polluted by modern technology.

This album enables the listener to take time out and simply 'stand and stare' in the centre of Swaffham, a small market town situated in the heart of rural Norfolk, England, UK. Whilst doing this, just imagine what would have been heard at the time the poem was written - shocking, isn't it!

Tracks 1 & 2 Places the listener in a prominent central position, from inside the Bandstand on the Market Place at 11:15am on a typical weekday, Monday 12th December 2012.

Tracks 3 & 4 The listener is transported 175m away, to a position well inside the St Peter & St Paul Churchyard. This should be a 'tranquil' spot, with only the ambient sounds of typical churchyard wildlife; interrupted by the rural heartbeat; the regular chime of the church clock. So just take a few minutes out of your hectic life to just 'stand and stare' from this secluded spot adjacent the South boundary wall - what would our predecessors think?

All natural field recordings captured using tripod-mounted Audio Technica BP4025 XY pattern microphone within Rode Blimp system, fed direct to Sound Devices SD702 recorder. Orignal recordings 48KHz 24-Bit WAV format.

Sonic Field's approach to field recording tends to differ from many recordists by including all sound present at the location being recorded. This ensures the final sound file is a true representation of the ambience of that particular location at the time of recording and not some virtual location produced as a figment of the recordist’s imagination through the removal of unwanted sound such as road traffic, aircraft and other human activities.


released January 17, 2013



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