Category: Distal Bodies

Distal Bodies 41.5dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 31st May 2020

Time: 09:00 – 09:15

Weather: Sunny, clear skies with a gentle breeze

Temperature: 20oC

Average Sound Level: 41.5dBSPL (LAeq)

On warm, half-awake mornings like these, measurements, labels, concepts and theories seem quite beside the point, a distraction. Yet, like the joggers and dog walkers I say good morning to, I acknowledge that it is the justification of purpose, responsibility, discipline and necessity that has brought me here.

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 43.3dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 30th May 2020

Time: 08:57 – 09:12

Weather: Sunny, clear skies with a very light breeze

Temperature: 17oC

Average Sound Level: 43.3dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 45.2dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 29th May 2020

Time: 09:02 – 09:17

Weather: Sunny, clear skies with a gentle breeze

Temperature: 18oC

Average Sound Level: 45.2dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 45.4dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 28th May 2020

Time: 09:01 – 09:16

Weather: Sunny, light cloud with a gentle breeze

Temperature: 16oC

Average Sound Level: 45.4dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 42.5dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 27th May 2020

Time: 08:56 – 09:11

Weather: Sunny, light cloud with a gentle breeze

Temperature: 19oC

Average Sound Level: 42.5dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 43.2dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 26th May 2020

Time: 08:58 – 09:13

Weather: Sunny, light cloud with a gentle breeze

Temperature: 18oC

Average Sound Level: 43.2dBSPL (LAeq)

With only a distant peacock call for sonic novelty, the familiar soundscape and sun on my back allows me to slouch in to the park bench with considerable ease. Prompted by recollection of an earlier email, my mind meanders across the village green, resting itself on people, so as to imagine their experience of being present here today. The gentleman sitting on the park bench adjacent to me, drinking from a can, then hunched over, gazing in to his lap. The lady wandering past me on a brisk circuit of the field, politely slowing to say hello. The dad with daughter and dog in tow. Looking for an allegory that can communicate these thoughts and imaginings, my mind conjures documentary footage of bulging amphibian eyes, then nostrils, tongues and ear drums emerging and sinking back into some primeval soup. Scattered points of reception emerging to wonder at the whole from different angles, as a person might check their hair in a mirror, only to disintegrate as food for future insights.

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 40.1dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 25th May 2020

Time: 09:04 – 09:19

Weather: Sunny with a light wind

Temperature: 18oC

Average Sound Level: 40.1dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 52.6dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 24th May 2020

Time: 08:52 – 09:07

Weather: Sunny intervals with a moderate breeze

Temperature: 15oC

Average Sound Level: 52.6dBSPL (LAeq)

I arrive at the green to the joyful sound of a dad singing ‘How much is that doggy in the window‘ to his two young daughters, whilst they circle a beech tree on their balance bikes. Shortly after, mum and third child wander over from the village hall to clap encouragingly. As they wander off in the direction of The Close, I attend to the rolls of white noise from the branches above, dominating the soundscape today. With no obstructions, the chilly breeze appears to gather momentum across the green, making me conscious of the tripod’s stability, top heavy with microphones and blimp precariously nesting on the apex. My inability to hear into the distance keeps my thoughts turned inward. A slow-moving tractor, trailer with entourage of patient motorists rumbling along the Goring Road and the occasional shriek of red kites pull my attention outward, but not far and not for long.

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 71.5dBSPL (LAeq)

Wodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 23rd May 2020

Time: 09:04 – 09:19

Weather: Sunshine and patchy cloud with a strong breeze

Temperature: 14oC

Average Sound Level: 71.5dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 55.0dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 22nd May 2020

Time: 08:32 – 08:47

Weather: Cloudy with a moderate breeze

Temperature: 14oC

Average Sound Level: 55.0dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green