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Barrow-in-Furness - remote recording 3-5-2015
Octopus Collective Soundcamp
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK
Coastal sounds from Piel and Walney Island. Eiders, gulls, salt-marsh, wind turbines
At the tip of the Furness peninsula, Barrow’s landscape is a mixture of the industrial and the coastal, situated close to the Lake District and bordered by Morecambe Bay, the Duddon Estuary and the Irish Sea, as well as one of the highest concentrations of off-shore wind turbines in the world.
Our location is diverse and deeply unusual and many of our activities have attempted to draw out some of the peculiarities and hidden aspects of the local landscape.
Using our studio in the park as a base, we will explore one or more of the nearby Islands and coastal areas including Walney and Piel. With its wide sandy beaches, salt-marshes, shingle, sand dunes and ponds, Walney is home to a wide variety wildlife including natterjack toads, a number of migratory birds, rare gulls and eider ducks. Piel (just visible from our studio kitchen) is just 50 acres and home to the "King" of Piel, by tradition the landlord of the island's public house, the Ship Inn.