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Phygital Phonics

Send us your Audio Recordings of places where you find Nature

to contribute to our hybrid digital+physical Sound Art Event!

Part of HARI's RE/LOCATE Programme


For a commission by AxisWeb, as part of their Let's Get Phygital experiment, we are designing an event that will take place both in our building at 47 King Edward Street, Hull City Centre, and online.

We are asking you to contribute your audio recordings to the project!

The places you choose to record can be private or public, formal or wild - we are interested in finding out what places and sounds of the nature in our various environments appeal to you.


Pheobe Riley Law will give the recordings to Sound Artists both based in Hull and around the world to use within their experimental audio compositions, for live/prerecorded performance at the hybrid physical/digital event on Sunday 9th October 2022.

What to do:

  1. Go to a place where you encounter nature. This could be your own garden, a park with kids playing, at a bus stop where you find plants unexpectedly thriving, or somewhere much more remote or wilder!

  2. Sit/stand quietly and listen carefully for the different sounds you can identify.

  3. Use your telephone (or other device such as a dictaphone) to record the sounds you can hear.

  4. Take a couple of photos of the place - one of the area, and one of a detail.

  5. Send us your sound file and the photos, with a brief description of where it is and why you chose it.

   * You can send us as many sounds as you like!

Sounds you record might include running water, bird song or flight, plants rustling in the wind or leaves crunching underfoot, insects buzzing. You might not be able to hear any sounds from the nature, just road noise, public chatter or sounds of industry - this is fine by us, we are interested both in the sounds of nature itself and in the places you find it!

Send us your contributions to add to the library by the end of Tuesday 4th October, by email to

We are looking for audio files of approximately 1minute duration, but this is not exact - its an amount that leaves some room for play, but is easy to email without eating your data!

If you would like to edit your audio, you can download a simple free audio editing programme; we recommend you use Audacity.


Pheobe Riley Law will then work with the diverse sound artists to select the files they will each use for the event.

The library will remain on this site, and will be added to for future Phygital Phonics projects with different themes. We look forward to receiving your contributions, and hope to see you in HARI or online for the event!


Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve-DanBail
00:00 / 01:00

Cycle Path,

James Reckitt Ave,


Andy Gibson

Alabama USA, Ruffner Mountain

Dan Bailey

00:00 / 01:02
00:00 / 00:43

Hull, birds / tit

Stephen Walsh

FR Hepworth Gallery by back door
00:00 / 01:05

Hepworth Gallery, rushing water

A. Quinn

DLawson-Robin bird song, wind in trees-Little Weighton
00:00 / 01:02

Little Weighton, bird song & trees

Dawn Lawson

00:00 / 00:38
AGibson-Wind, birds+1 sheep
00:00 / 02:00

East Riding birds+sheep / blackbirds

Andrew Gibson

Pearson Park aeroplane-geese-pigeon flight
00:00 / 01:11
Pearson Park walk with birds and banter
00:00 / 01:16

Hull Park, feeding and flight

Sarah Pennington

Windy Park playground
00:00 / 01:11

Hull Park, windy day with play

Sarah Pennington

German River, finding stone for paint

Martin Lewsley

River Hull by Scale Lane Bridge
00:00 / 00:51

River Hull, Scale Lane seagulls & sirens


Simon-Mary Vincent Dock Street Pay And Display Car Park 250922
00:00 / 01:54
Dock Street Carpark - SMV_edited.jpg

Dock St Pay & Display Car Park, Hull

Simon-Mary Vincent

Bunting in Queens Gardens
00:00 / 00:59
Baker Street
00:00 / 01:00

Queens Gardens Bunting / Baker St

Dave Windass

HARI Walkshop2, Hull City Centre, 2. T.H.R.

Garforth Duck Chorus
00:00 / 01:03

Garforth, duck chorus

A. Quinn

DLawson-Horse eating hay Little Weighton
00:00 / 01:00

Little Weighton, horse eating hay

Dawn Lawson

Pearson Park Cafe-ducks-geese
00:00 / 01:02
Pearson Park Waterbirds
00:00 / 01:12

Hull Park, bird congregations

Sarah Pennington

Kids Playing Pearson Park
00:00 / 00:57
Park walk through leaves past play
00:00 / 01:02

Hull Park, child's play

Sarah Pennington

00:00 / 02:10

HARI Walkshop2 Sounds (x4)

Brian Elkington

Sheffield, Emma's Garden with occasional
00:00 / 01:53

Sheffield, Emma's garden with chimes


Hull River- industry thrum, water trickl
00:00 / 02:51

River Hull, industry thrum, water trickle

Alex Stubbs

Simon-Mary Vincent King Edward St 250922
00:00 / 00:32
Simon-Mary Vincent Museum Gardens 250922
00:00 / 01:26

King Edward St / Museum Gardens

Simon-Mary Vincent

00:00 / 00:59
00:00 / 01:00

Streetlife Museum Pond / Dingwalls

Dave Windass

HARI Walkshop2, Hull City Centre, 1.


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