The Sound of Harris and Lewis. Machair Soundwalks. Touring Exhibition of the Sound Environment

  • Add a note
    Log in to add a note at the bottom of this page.
  • All notes
  • My notes
  • Hide notes
Please click to leave a note

The British Library Board acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this recording and the rights of those not identified.
Legal and ethical usage »

Tags (top 25):
  • Type


  • Duration


  • Shelf mark


  • Recording date


  • Recording locations

    Harris and Lewis, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK

  • Recordist

    Wagstaff, Gregg

  • Description

    Tracks: Cuckoo.- Mistle thrush (Meavag, Harris. 27-05-00). Starlings (Leverburgh, Harris. 7-04-99). Sheep on croft (Barvas, Lewis. 19-04-99). Sheep herding/whistle (Aardbroc, Ness, Lewis. 3-04-01). Sharpening scissors/shearing. Barvas Fank (Lewis. 03-07-99). Generator start [distant]. Electric shears. Generator [close] (Bru, Lewis. 03-07-99). Vibrating strap and bolt on old trailer (Barvas, Lewis. 21-05-99). Peat cutting (Ness, Lewis, 5-04-01). Mechanical peat cutting (Ness, Lewis 21-05-99). Water dripping from cliff (Northton, Harris. 07-07-99). Electricity substation in wet (Harris. 05-07-99). Passing car/cattle grid (Harris. 20-05-99). Electric wool washing machine. Warp winding (Carloway Mill, Lewis. 06-07-99). Cockerel and croft ambience. A.D.Munroes (Tarbert) mobile shop arriving at MacLennan's (Drinishader Harris. 02-07-99). Interior- buying groceries. Scraping crotal/lichen off a rock. Traditional wooden hand loom [Joan MacLennan] (Drinishader Harris. 02-07-99). Hattersley loom. Rapier loom, Lewis castle college tweed workshop, Stornoway. 07-01-99). Butt of Lewis cliff ambience (Ness, Lewis. 06-05-01). Helicopter fly-past (Stornoway airport. 28-08-99). Sea/harbour walls (Port of Ness, Lewis. 21-05-99). RIB motor boat. Salmon jumping in pen. Feeding salmon/broadcasting pellets (Crossbost, Lewis 24-08-99). Sea edge - gentle (St. Clement's Harris. 12-04-99). Beach waves - big (Northton, Harris. 08-01-99). Wind gusting in trees (Lewis castle grounds, Stornoway. 21-05-99). Mistle thrush (Lewis castle grounds, Stornoway. 07-01-99). Pedestrian crossing. Pedestrians - Cromwell street (Stornoway town centre, 07-01-99). Preacher (Stornoway pedestrian square 03-07-99). 5 o'clock bell (Stornoway clock tower. 21-05-99). Water feature/fountain (Stornoway pedestrian square. 31-05-00). Choir practice (Cross primary school, Ness. 01-05-01). Waulking song (Donald John MacDonald, Seilebost, Harris. 02-07-99).- Hymn (6pm - exterior of Free Presbyterian church, Tarbert Harris 04-07-99). CalMac new ferry and public safety announcement (Tarbert. 07-05-01). CalMac old ferry and public safety announcement (Tarbert). Sound description: NB: Warping is the process whereby the spun yarn is wound onto a wooden pegged frame in the correct colour sequence for a particlular pattern [in the production of Harris tweed]. Crotal is traditionally used for dyeing the fleece.

  • Metadata record:

    View full metadata for this item

User notes for this item

pls note that Lewis & Harris are the Outer Hebrides (see location above)

Posted by Tim Esson, wup on 05/12/2008 13:36:00

Very evocative islands sounds, from the sheep to Cal Mac ferry announcement. Wonderful

Posted by Tim Esson, WUP on 28/11/2008 09:23:00