Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aims to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. Thanks to National Lottery players it has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Fund


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Children from Crosby Ravensworth, Great Asby, Orton, Shap, Tebay and Kirkby Stephen Primary Schools have been working with Cumbrian sound artist, Dan Fox, to record pieces of music made entirely from natural sounds collected on a 'sound walk' around their villages. Some of the sounds experienced  include the flowing and bubbling of the streams, birdsong and echos, rush of the wind through the trees, knocking of branches or the vibrations from the twanging of a fence! 

During this unique group experience Dan used industry standard , battery-powered location sound recording equipment linked via a wireless transmitter to each child who wears wireless headphones. He uses different types of microphones, to enable the group to listen to different aspects of the landscape. The sounds range from close-up sounds using hydrophones and contact microphones to a wider sonic image with boom microphones and a parabolic dish. Dan wears a headset mic to allow him to communicate to anyone wearing the wireless headphones. The children’s favourite sounds were recorded during the walk and were edited and mixed back in the classroom to create these extraordinary pieces of music.

Crosby Ravensworth - 'The Hills are Alive'

Asby Endowed School - 'Big Digger'

Orton C Of E Primary School - 'Orton Chocolate'

Shap CE Primary School - 'Shap Track'

Tebay Primary School - 'Tebay Rocks'

Kirkby Stephen Primary School - 'Spooky'