Capturing the sounds of our shores

Coastal sounds could include children playing on the beach in Aberdour
Coastal sounds could include children playing on the beach in Aberdour

From the call of the seagull to the sea gently lapping on the shore, they are the sounds that we associate with the Fife coast.

Now the public is being asked to record these sounds as part of a project launched by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) and the British Library.

Sounds of our Shores will see musician, producer and founder member of Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, using the public’s recordings to create a brand new piece of music set for release in February 2016.

The recordings will be added to the British Library Sound Archive – capturing the soundscapes from the beautiful and diverse Scottish coast, from the picturesque beaches of Elie to the popular Silver Sands in Aberdour.

Dr Richard Luxmoore, NTS senior nature advisor, said: “Whether it is the timeless surge of Atlantic swells, the howl of Europe’s strongest winds, the unearthly nocturnal singing of grey seals or the swishing of a wind turbine, the coast clamours for our attention and leaves an indelible impression on our hearts.”

Cheryl Tipp, curator of wildlife and environment sounds at the British Library, added: “There’s something evocative about the sounds of our coast; they help shape our memories of the coastline and immediately transport us to a particular time or place whenever we hear them.

“We want the public to get involved by recording the sounds of our amazing coastline and add them to the sound map.

“We’d also love to hear from people who might have historic coastal sounds from around Scotland which might, for example, be stored in a box in the loft. This will help us hear how the sounds have changed over the years.”

Sounds recorded, whether on a smart phone, tablet or handheld recorder, can be uploaded to the map via the audioBoom website or app which are both easy to use.

They will then appear on the map, hosted on the British Library website.

Recordings should be a maximum of five minutes in length and images and words about the particular sound can also be added.

To get involved visit Coastal Sounds

Participants will also be able to share their sounds on social media using the hashtag #shoresounds.

The closing date for uploading sounds is Monday, September 21.