The spectre of discovery is often cause for excitement. Exploration in some form or another is how we learn about the world and our place in it, and all of us have at some point yearned to go further; to find out more, and go deeper into uncharted territory. Everyday sounds are, by definition, sounds that occur within and around the usual events of a routine day. They are largely unremarkable and are sounds we are compelled to take for granted. These sound events occur, we perceive, register and acknowledge them, and then, for the most part, we move on. This has become the natural way of things.
When I have the chance to listen - and record - the everyday world around me I am fascinated by its richness; whether the cyclical ‘musical’ patterns that supposedly non-musical sounds have, or the way that ambiences evolve and shift as one is walking along, or how wind will carry sounds one way and then another. Add to this the incredible structures that environmental soundscapes, even man-made ones, intrinsically possess, and these unremarkable sounds are suddenly anything but. And so I find that walking around and using my ears like a weather vane, with or without a recorder in my hand, is intensely enjoyable and opens up a world of possibility and discovery.