Proposed Site – Sound Investigations

In order to understand the sound qualities and atmosphere of various locations within my proposed site, I have taken a number of sound recordings as documented below.

Site plan highlighting locations of recordings. Sound clips found below.

On the above annotated site plan I have highlighted the noisiest areas of the site (red), this happens to be along the more exposed eastern region of the site and is perhaps due to the open nature and the large car park to the south offering no protection to the wind.

Surprisingly, the central tomb in the ruin was louder than expected along with the southern access point and along side the church (orange). These areas where I expected them to be more peaceful were actually louder, perhaps due to the surrounding architecture which causes sound to reverberate/become amplified.

The most quiet/peaceful areas of the site were the northern entrance and around the westerly edge of the ruin. This is a much more sheltered area of the site due to the adjacent buildings, trees, topography and ruin itself.

Overall the sound recordings feature a lot of birdsong, which is evident in most clips. Pedestrian and some light vehicular traffic can be heard in places. Where the recordings are in an open area, the main sound is that of a strong wind which gives a sense of the environmental qualities on the day of recording.

I have learnt from this activity that the site currently offers many ‘sound environments’ – from open and breezy to sheltered and calm. There is a lot of birdsong which highlights the site’s ecological/habitat importance. There is little sound of traffic which was surprising meaning overall the site is relatively quiet given its urban context.

Author: jtharp2020

Part 2 Diploma Architecture Student - RIBA Studio/Oxford Brookes. Based in Essex.

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