Tag: Richard Bentley

Distal Bodies 48.9dBSPL (LAeq15)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 16th September 2020

Time: 08:54 – 09:09

Weather: Sunny, largely clear skies with a gentle breeze

Temperature: 17oC

Average Sound Level: 48.9dBSPL (LAeq15)

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 46.8dBSPL (LAeq15)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 15th September 2020

Time: 08:59 – 09:14

Weather: Sunny, largely clear skies with a gentle breeze

Temperature: 18oC

Average Sound Level: 46.8dBSPL (LAeq15)

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 48.0dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green
Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 43.1dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 2nd June 2020

Time: 09:02 – 09:17

Weather: Sunny, largely clear skies with a gentle breeze

Temperature: 18oC

Average Sound Level: 43.1dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Distal Bodies 43.1dBSPL (LAeq)

Woodcote Village Green

Location: Village Green, Woodcote, Oxfordshire, UK

Date: 1st June 2020

Time: 09:01 – 09:16

Weather: Sunny, clear skies and a gentle breeze

Temperature: 18oC

Average Sound Level: 43.1dBSPL (LAeq)

Passing the Jubilee commemoration, through the shaded, narrow passage on the edge of the cricket pitch, I notice the village hall doors are open on to the green. Escaping are the commanding, motherly voices of staff reinitiating the young attendees of Woodcote Preschool, back from the lockdown break. Strolling across the pitch, I line-up the sound level meter with the park bench and zip-wire frame and head to my customary quiet position under the line of beech trees by the school. Now, with distance, only the occasional scrape of furniture and excited squeal from the hall can make it past the continuous throng of cars, trucks and delivery vans and the, still occasional, thunderous passage of aircraft. Behind me in the primary school, the sound of a bucket handle being picked up and dropped, reverberates around the playground. The droning tone from some mechanical device seems to blend seamlessly with a lorry’s pulsing reverse tone. Other proximal sounds provide a comfortingly familiar natural blanket; fresh leaves animated by the breeze, pigeons with their insistent mellow cooing, the mew-like cry of red kites, the virtuosic song of blackbirds and the other cheeps and chirps, indistinguishable to the untrained ear. Then, as I am about to leave, an electric scooter flies past, its foley sound; the clicking of a lawn sprinkler mixed with the whine of a milk float. The young gentleman driver, topless and tanned, turns his head in my direction, nodding and smiling in relaxed and confident self-recognition.

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 45.4dBSPL (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