Miles and Miles and Miles…

On Dunstable downs you can see for miles and miles…

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We wanted to find out how high-end equipment might extend our ears across the counties that were visible from the hill-top. On pointing the microphone across the hills, one of the participants commented “there’s a car just over there”. In the distance maybe two miles away a car was creeping across the valley, it appeared tiny to me but to the student without sight, holding the mic it was his focus.


This experience shows how technology can enhance our possibilities of understanding the world but also how it can potentially confuse us. It reminded me of how cross-modal our perception is when working out what’s around us. Of particular sonic beauty was a kite being flow above our heads, which accentuated the gusts of freezing, swirling wind.

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