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.

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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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