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Springtime by the Sea

March 18, 2010

I finished work on a final mix a couple of weeks ago and so I immediately took the opportunity  to have a couple of weeks break with the family by the seaside in Lyme Regis in Dorset.

On family holidays I make a point of ignoring my blog, other peoples’ blogs, sound forums and magazines, work e-mails – the lot.  The one exception I make is that I always take a portable recorder away with me.  To me, this is no different from taking my camera with me to get holiday snaps.  In any case, I think my abstinence is more about escaping from computers than from sound in general.  Indeed, unlike staring at a computer screen or playing with your iPhone, I think that field recording on holiday can really help you relax and engage with your surroundings.  I mean, keeping still and silently listening to nature is basically meditation, isn’t it?

For example, the last day that we were in Dorset was such a beautiful day; it really felt like the beginning of spring.  The weather had been clear but cold with rough seas for most of the week but on our final morning the sun shone and the waves playfully sucked in and out against the shingle beach.  I couldn’t resist grabbing a quick five minute recording down by the shoreline.

I know it’s not the most original of recordings to include in a post about the seaside but for pure beauty and tranquility the hypnotic sound of waves is tough to beat.

Waves on the Beach in Lyme Regis, Dorset

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