Folkestone’s El Dorado: An auditory ramble through The Warren
Commissioned for the Folkestone SALT Festival of the Sea and Environment 2018.
El Dorado is a triptych of soundscapes combining original music and field recordings capturing the unique sounds of Folkestone Warren: a designated local nature reserve (LNR) and site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
The field recordings were made over three consecutive mornings in the first week of July, between 4am and 7am, during the dawn chorus when the avian inhabitants of The Warren are at their most vocal. Listen out for the buzzing of passing insects, the approaching sound of the shore, and the dawn train emerging from the Abbot’s Cliff tunnel.
The music aims to convey the varying atmosphere and character of the landscape – from the eerie denseness of the woodland, across the undulating chalk grassland, to the lull of the lapping shore at the journey’s end. The interpretations, performed on electric guitars, employing space-rock, Romantic, and ambient styles.
The tracks were available to download during the festival, along with a route map, to accompany you on a journey (physical or virtual) through the landscape. Headphones are required to best experience the stereophonic field recordings.