Chris Watson is one of the world’s greatest sound recordists, famed for capturing the natural world for Sir David Attenborough. This sound walk encouraged you to listen, not just to hear, this unique post-industrial environment. Timed on an incoming tide, the slow tidal rhythms revealed seals and migrating birds. You were encouraged to bring along portable, lightweight, sound recording kit and binoculars. There were two walks as part of this event, the second was on Sun 25 March 2012, 1-5.30pm.
Chris Watson is a sound recordist specialising in natural history, with a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. His work as a wildlife sound recordist includes both television documentaries and experimental music collaborations. Watson's sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. He has released three solo albums of field recordings: Outside the Circle of Fire, Stepping into the Dark (which won an Award of Distinction at the 2000 Prix ARS Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria), and Weather Report.
His work as sound recordist for BBC TV includes; The Life of Birds for BBC TV 1998 (David Attenborough), The Life of Mammals for BBC TV 2001/2 (David Attenborough), and Big Cat Diary for BBC TV 1998-2002 (Simon King/Saba Douglas–Hamilton/Jonathan Scott). In 2006 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Technology degree by the University of the West of England "in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sound recording technology, especially in the field of natural history and documentary location sound".
Curated by AV Festival 12. With thanks to SABIC UK Petrochemicals.