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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2019 10:16 am
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Hi everyone,

The relatively new concept of model railway sounds is generally considered as available through utilising DCC. Well that may be true enough for loco sounds, but let's face it, most of the soundscape comes from the never ending background activity and as such, sets the scene within which everything else happens. and is available for all railways, irrespective of power disciplines.

I was much impressed my Nick Wood's Much Murkle country sounds and then just this morning came across this new 10 minute BBC podcast of eavesdropping on rural farming life:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07pwxm8

Unfortunately, I can't see how to download this podcast from France, but it may possible from the UK and with some manipulation (topping and tailing the presenter and loop running) with a suitable audio programme (I have one on an old PC), can provide suitable ambience for rural layouts.

I also have a digital recorder somewhere safe, which I need to dig out.

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Not sure if it would work where you are but Windows 10 comes bundled with a "Recorder" application.

Simply leave the laptop outside for 10 minutes and you get "background" noises.  Import to MovieMaker and Hey Presto.

In my case at present, the background noise would be something landing at Heathrow every 90 seconds and a lot of irate driving noises.  Roll on the move to the rural end of Lillypool

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Hi Barry,

I’ve just found the voice recorder on my Windows 10 laptop and the microphone is very sensitive. If I go outside, I’ll get some excellent birdsong from the hoards of the critters now able to breed successfully now that a neighbour moved away last year and kidnapped his cat who lived in our garden and killed most things, rabbits and moles included!

Like you, I’m planning my next layout to be begun next year and I like the idea of an unobtrusive background soundscape.

Good luck with your move to my home town. I was born in Walton and remember happy holidays to Formby to a favourite aunt and also wonderful days out to Southport, on the green whiskered electric train, from Lime Street in the late 50s.

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Longchap wrote: Hi Barry

Good luck with your move to my home town. I was born in Walton and remember happy holidays to Formby to a favourite aunt and also wonderful days out to Southport, on the green whiskered electric train, from Lime Street in the late 50s.

Best,

Bill


Ah the “electric” train. I remember them well but from Exchange surely in the late fifties......spent a lot of time on them going to and from school when I lived in Formby......dont think they had whiskers in those days but I do remember the fronts had yellow panels.....there were a lot of accidents with all the unmanned level crossings.

Whereabouts did your Aunt live? We lived in Carrs Crescent.......and then in the late sixties I lived in Bushbys Lane......which was a field when I was a boy!

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Longchap wrote:

I was much impressed my Nick Wood's Much Murkle country sounds and then just this morning came across this new 10 minute BBC podcast of eavesdropping on rural farming life:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07pwxm8

Unfortunately, I can't see how to download this podcast from France, but it may possible from the UK and with some manipulation (topping and tailing the presenter and loop running) with a suitable audio programme (I have one on an old PC), can provide suitable ambience for rural layouts.

I also have a digital recorder somewhere safe, which I need to dig out.

Cheers,

Bill


Hi Bill,

rather than use the BBC Sounds page, go to the main program listing here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07pwxm8

That has a download button which worked ok for me in Australia. BTW I have an online BBC account, not sure if that makes a difference,


Colin

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Hi Chaps,

John, you are quite correct and I had to think really hard, my head ached a bit with the effort, then I realised that I moved from Liverpool to Devon in 1959 when we caught the train south from Lime Street, so the Formby line had to be from somewhere else! Wow, that certainly was a long time ago. A quick look on Google maps confirmed that the Southport line didn't run into Lime Street, so we probably got the bus to Seaforth and travelled from train there in company with another favourite aunt and uncle who lived near that station.

Trying even harder, my brain refuses to give up Aunty Doris' address, but we could walk from the bungalow, through the dunes to the beach and they even had a caravan nearer the beach for such visits, with tea and sarnies easy to make and I also remember chasing rabbits through the woods from here. My last visit was in the mid 60s, after which we moved to the Isle of Wight. Happy days indeed and I'm planning a visit back to Devon next year to rediscover more of my childhood and stay near the GWR station at Tavistock, there being a converted station building for holiday rental.

Colin, thank you, as I found the downloaded button for the Archers podcast, as per your link.

Cold here now and our season is now over, with just some close friends arriving next week, after which I can do some modelling again. Yippee!!

Best,

Bill



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