As part of the upcoming Timber Festival in the UK, a sound card has been created that allows you to listen to various recordings from forests around the world. The sound card project is simple and fascinating, and you̵
The project’s website states, “We collect the sounds of forests and forests from around the world, creating a growing soundmap that brings together auditory tones and textures from the forests of the world.” All sounds collected are part of an open-source Creative Commons Share Alike library that anyone can listen to or build upon. In fact, some of the Timber Festival will include artists of all kinds who respond to the sounds in their own work, be it paintings, music, or anything else.
Each item on the map displays the name of the area, along with the city and country in which it is located. You can also see other information such as the exact location coordinates of the area, the name of the person who took the recording, the date of the recording and a brief description of what the recording will sound like (for example, ‘A windy day in the birch forest’ ). In most cases there is also a nice photo of the forest that you can stare at while listening.
If you happen to live near a forest, you can also add your own recording of it to the project’s library. You will need to collect a photo along with the audio and fill out a short form.
So take a moment to explore the map. The cuckoo calls out on a summer evening in Heinola, Finland. Or maybe you prefer the sounds of the Rio Azul along with some bird sounds in El Bolson, Argentina. Or maybe a rainforest in Fukuoka, Japan. Whatever your boat floats, there is a world of forests for you to enjoy.
through moss and fog