Sounds of the natural world include a wide variety of types of recordings: natural history recordings, birdsongs and animal sounds, location ambience, urban and contemporary street sounds, and sounds of weather and wild places, evoking a very strong sense of place and time.
The collections provided via Europeana Sounds include recordings of great scientific, cultural and historic interest. The nature sounds are made for the most part in nature reserves, zoological gardens and wild locations, providing evidence of European scientific exploration and collecting around the world.
The recordings often have special significance in documenting habitats and individual species that are gradually vanishing. Some of the creatures featured have already become extinct – in England, for example, the red-backed shrike from Norfolk, and the Worcestershire marsh warbler.
Examples of recordings:
Below some examples of posts about environment recordings, from Europeana Sounds’ blog:
On October 24th in Rome took place the Italian (re)discovery event, “For a European phonographic collection. The Italian contribution to Europeana sounds project (2014-2017)”, organised in cooperation by the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche (ICCU) and the Istituto centrale per i beni sonori ed audiovisivi (ICBSA) of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. […]
By navigating through the above feature, you now have an easy and single access point to the material the Europeana Sounds consortium shared with you during the last two years and a half! Whether you are interested in non Western classical music, spoken word performance recordings or sound effect recordings, [...]
On the 18th of October the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision welcomed 19 participants to their second Europeana Sounds edit-a-thon. After a day of hard work and fun the participants enriched 84 Wikipedia articles with cultural heritage of wildlife. […]
Bells are an essential part of the landscape: animal bells, campaniles, church bells. Contemporary society tends to forget them. These sound markers of space and time are superseded, supplemented by many other technologies and public services (the beep of your alarm or the firefighters siren). […]
Following Soundscape of Istanbul, we are pleased to introduce our new associate partner: the Research centre on sonic space and urban environment (Cresson). […]
We’ve all heard of the recent trend in boosting creativity: ambient sounds of cafés and restaurants, So, if a café atmosphere help you work better, what about a pub? If you have ever sat in an old community pub with a crackling fire on a chilly night and just absorbed the aura surrounding you, you might know what we mean. Of course, it can be noisy, with rattling glasses, chatty people and laughter here and there, but pubs ooze a charm that is hard to resist. […]
Today on our blog, we discover – thanks to the Istituto Centrale per i Beni Sonori ed Audiovisivi – the essential role of Gavino Gabriel in promoting ethnomusicology and field researching in Italy. […]