The Flock & The Factory: Field Recordings in Canvey Island

LOCATION: Canvey Island, Essex

WORDS & FIELD RECORDINGS: Natasha Zielazinski

I recently did some cycling and recording at Canvey Island. It included 45 minutes outside a pub called the Lobster Smack, stood next to a hedge full of garbage and a mini-jungle of intense birdsong. After that I cycled along a big old road full of business parks and strange smelly buildings, huge trucks and their drivers parked along the side of the road. Ended up at an industrial estate called Charfleet and made a few more recordings there.

Charfleet – Atmosphere recording in an industrial estate on Canvey Island.


Charfleet rebar factory – Closer recording of some rebar being sculpted, but I was outside the factory itself so there’s an audible sense of the space of the factory and the ring of the bars.

Flockingstarlings – I was sat next to a hedge with quite a lot of outside noise. A motorcycle sets off the flock around 2 minutes in, it was a really beautiful moment listening to the swooshes of the flock right above my head.

natashaABOUT THE AUTHOR

Natasha is a London-based cellist and composer who loves contemporary music, early music, free improvisation and folk music, long walks, field recording, reading, dancing, playing the guqin and making music with others. Find out more here.

 

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