In the modern 21st century many of us have some form of online action with the digital World. People around the world use Smart phones for various reasons. Today when people visit tourist locations they usually upload pictures and videos to online social media networks but occasionally they send postcards home to family members and friends. Being a Music Technology and Innovation graduate I thought it would be a cool idea to add an Audio feature to the old Postcard and give it a digital dimension.
How does it work?
It’s easy – You simply scan the QR code (which appears on the back of the card) with your Smart phone, this action will then bring you to my Soundcloud website and from there you can listen to the Audio recording that links to the visual of the card.
What is the point of all this?
Not only does it give the receiver of the Audio Postcard / Sound Card a little more understanding of where the sender has been but it also gives the extra added bonus for our ears to hear how the visual actually sounds! Accompanying the QR Code on the back will be a short paragraph of text educating us about the location, event or object that appears on the front of the Audio Postcard / Sound Card.
What five locations or objects did you pick for recording and showcasing your sounds?
1st. Strokkur Geyser, Haukadalur Geothermal area, Iceland.
2nd. The Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
3rd. ‘Merlin’ Steam Locomotive. Celebrating 150 years of Bangor – Belfast train line, Northern Ireland.
4th. The One O’Clock Gun-shot, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland.
5th. Lisboa Tram, Lisbon, Portugal.
Why did you choose to record these specific locations and objects for sounds?
I choose to record these specific locations and objects because i felt that these different recording subjects play an important role in each country. Whether the purpose be for nature, environmental, pleasure, study, research or movement (Past and Present) These five different recording subjects have been an essential part of the history, development and identity of each individual country. To this day and beyond they all still perform a vital role in their society especially within tourism.
The detail of sound incorporated into each subject contains many different elements – architectural, environmental, landscape, mechanical, natural and public reaction.
How many Audio Postcards / Sound Cards have you created?
I have created five Audio cards (one for each location shown above) and three different designs for each card. Design detail is different on each individual card. View below to see the three different designs. All designs can be changed, mingled and expanded to suit different outlets.
Is the photography and recording all your own work?
Yes, All field recordings and photography is my own.