Turnip Lodge Lane, Crockleford Heath, 2018
Some of the new recordings we have made are as a comparison to archive recordings from the past. But we have also been thinking about sound ecology in regards to the future, and have decided to record in locations that are going to potentially change vastly in the (near) future. One of the reasons for this change could be the proposed garden village initiative led by the government to fulfil a quota of new houses in the county. So, I will be visiting potential sites for these to document them before any potential change.
The second identified area was east of Colchester and north of the Knowledge Gateway, in a place called Crockleford Heath, which is essentially a farming green field area between the old and new Clacton Roads of A133 and A120. having no discernible centre I stopped at the first place I could find to park off of the road, since most of the lanes were rather narrow. With little sound in the near-field I could hear a tractor further away so nestled amongst the grass at the edge of the field and settled down for twenty minutes of so. There was little wind or other activity so the tractor, and the distant A120, are the main sources of sound to be heard.