One of the big highlights of the Flowers and Feathers Soundscape project with visiting sound artist Perdita Phillips was the opportunity to try out Perdy’s listening and recording equipment in natural outdoor environments. The experience was ‘ear-opening’ and it was quite exciting for the participants to become immersed and absorbed in live soundscapes like never before.
The hydrophone was also very special as was the bat detector and contact microphone for recording the sounds of arts walking.
We would like to extend a special thanks to local artist Dale Johnson for allowing us to visit her property in Merivale to record birds, frogs, water and other environmental sounds!
Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation Rangers also took part in the Flowers & Feathers Soundscape workshops with Perdy. It was a privilege to share this experience of listening to landscape with some of the Traditional Owners of Kepa Kurl Boodja - Jennell, Hayleigh, Zoe, Nina and Chisoem - and with bird enthusiast Robyn Cail.
Following the field trips the next step was to edit together the nature sounds we collected!
This created a fantastic opportunity to partner with our local community radio station- 103.9 Hope FM Esperance. Thank you to Meredith Waters for providing training and support in the use of the Audacity software which participants used to clean, clip and layer their sound recordings to create sound installations that will be presented at the 2020 Esperance Wildflower Festival.
This project has bought together writers, musicians, visual artists and photographers, including representatives from Esperance Bird Observers Group, Esperance Wildflower Society, and the Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation Rangers team.
Contact Esperance Community Arts if your would like copies of the notes from the workshop with sound artist Perdita Phillips and Community Radio manager Meredith Waters.