Orford Ness


Nikki Sheth (University of Birmingham, UK)



Orford Ness has been composed using recordings from a field recording trip to Orford Ness Nature Reserve in July 2016.

The site is of Special Scientific Interest with limited public access due to its history as an atomic weaponry testing site. During the trip we were given access to areas that would not normally be open to the public and spent three days recording in different locations around the Ness. Isolated by water, reachable only by boat, Europe’s largest shingle spit is a place divided by the residual danger of the site’s former use by the military and a fragile ecosystem.

My composition uses four recordings taken during my time exploring the hidden sounds on the Ness. They have been taken in the studio and transformed in to a multichannel immersive sound experience in order to create a spectrally dynamic composition that sculpts sound through space whilst capturing the sonic identity of the place.


8 channel soundscape composition

Balance-Unbalance 2017

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