Deafened by silence
Visitors are often struck by the sound of silence when they arrive at St Benet’s Abbey. Before long though, as the ear adjusts to unaccustomed tranquillity we tune into other sounds.
A myriad of sounds
The wind can be both tuneful and harsh at St Benet’s. The low rumble of the distant A47 is sometimes audible and a steady stream of motor craft during the summer sometimes brings incongruities, like distant jazz from the paddle-steamer based at Horning.
Listen hard and other noises are discernable amid all this. The birdlife is most apparent but beyond that lie the sounds of other inhabitants.
A composer, musician and sound recordist from North Norfolk, Peter Toll, has made a study of the St Benet’s Abbey soundscape. Peter has won awards for his highly specialised recordings of the natural world. He releases his wildlife field recordings in their own right as well as incorporating them into music. www.tollymusic.com. Here we present just a few of the recordings he has captured while at St Benet’s.