Recording comments from the public

Our first visit to record comments from the public found us in Plymouth City Museum where there was a “War Games” exhibition.

It was a stark reminder of Plymouth’s association with the war.  Plymouth was blitzed and the centre destroyed.  The sounds in the museum were recreated for games.

It would have been a difficult environment to be in if you had been in Plymouth at this time.  It was a harsh and brutal time for the people and for the city.

Plymouth was transformed from a sea port with a thriving culture that a port enjoys.  It was diverse, rough in parts and had a long and interesting history much of which was destroyed during the second world war.

The games that used this environment to make light of the huge impact that this had was recreated most poignantly through the sound effects that accompanied them.

Winston Churchill visits Plymouth after the blitz.

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Every dot represents a bomb that fell on Plymouth during the second world war:

where the bombs fell

Plymouth’s Burnt out church.bombed_out_church_plymouth

pic-13 RUBBLE: EAST STREET WITH THE CORN EXCHANGE ON THE RIGHT - PLYMOUTH PEOPLE'S HISTORY - PLYMOUTH BLITZ

pic-13 RUBBLE: EAST STREET WITH THE CORN EXCHANGE ON THE RIGHT – PLYMOUTH PEOPLE’S HISTORY – PLYMOUTH BLITZ

This was countered by the sounds in the cafe.  People who were detached from both the war in the next room and the museum and its contents. The background sounds of chairs scraping and the discussion about “the institute” put us in a separate environment altogether.

Museum Cafe:

 

 

Sounds of War: helicopters, guns, planes…

 

Morse Code and Buzzer:

This was an uncomfortable noise and made you quite pleased when it stopped.

We went to the Plymouth Museum and recorded sounds from the War Games Exhibition.  We then sat in the cafe and noted down the comments of couples chatting.

We want to load the comments into a voice recorder that will translate our words into text and feed these into a Processing Sketch that will identify the following letters ABCDEFG and turn them into notes ABCDEFG and play them digitally to produce a sound sequence.

Children in Museum War Zone a little boy and his Grandma contrasted with gunfire and bombs.  Where else would you hear this combination. The reac

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