K. Richard-Open stereo microphone feed from Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK
K. Richard-Dawn Chorus in a courtyard near Dunorlan Park in Royal Tunbridge Wells, recorded on 25th April 2020 at 4:30am.
Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3QA
A live stream off a stereo microphone located nearby Dunorlan Park in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Run by K. Richard, a member of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society.
Royal Tunbridge Wells is located in the UK in west Kent, about 30 miles south-east of London, close to the East Sussex boarder. The town came into being as a spa during the Restoration period and enjoyed its heyday as a fashionable resort in the mid 1700s under the celebrated dandy Beau Nash, when The Pantiles and its Chalybeate Spring attracted significant numbers of visitors seeking leisure and the promise of good health that the spring's waters apparently imbued in those who drank them.
The source of this feed is about 50m away from Dunorlan Park, one of the town's larger and more well known parks. The park itself used to be a 78 acre garden belonging to a grand mansion, named Dunorlan House, and was landscaped in the 1850s and 1860s by the prominent Victorian gardener Robert Marnock. In early 1941 the house fell vacant and was subsequently requisitioned for the war effort on the 15th of May. In 1943 the War Damage Commission took up residence there for 14 years and, soon after their departure, the owners sold the grounds to the local Council for the public benefit.
This feed's microphone array is setup within a private community area (courtyard) located within an old converted farm complex that was originally constructed in 1861 to serve Dunorlan House. The secluded confines of this courtyard receive a healthy number of avian visitors in the spring and summer months, ranging from Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Robins, Tits, Nuthatches, Pied Wagtails, Partridges, Wood pigeons, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Sparrows, Crows and Magpies. Sometimes the neighbours pop out in the morning to water their potted plants and catch up on the local gossip but, since the COVID-19 lockdown began, this exchange has become a rarity. Sounds from this feed can sometimes have a slight echo to them due to the courtyard's brick walls and flooring (see photograph).
This stream was setup by a member of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society and utilises a mid-side (MS) microphone array, whose signal is decoded within a Sound Devices recorder, the output of which is sent to a desktop computer running the LadioCast app. The audio is then streamed live from the app to the Locus Sonus server.
Special thanks to Dawn Scarfe, Grant Smith, Stéphane Cousot and Grégoire Lauvin for their patience, time and advice, which helped immensely in getting this live configured.