Favourite sounds

User guide

Clicking the coloured markers on the map enables recordings made at specific places to be heard while watching map or satellite images from the same location. Most are single recordings, but some have been linked into sequences, where the map changes position in sync to the sound playing. Details of the recordings appear while they play, as do sliders for controlling the volume.


Sounds are grouped under project names—click project and choose from the menu. Selecting a ‘project’ zooms to the relevant sounds/sequences and hides the rest. The project ‘All’ shows every sound currently on the site.

Projects can be viewed on the map or as a list. Clicking (map) or (list) under the project name switches between them. (about) gives information on the selected project.

Map view

Sounds/sequences are played by clicking the coloured markers. Standard Google map controls for dragging, zooming, street view etc, still apply.

List view

Sound titles, descriptions, dates and recordist can be arranged alphabetically.

Clicking the ‘link’ symbol creates a unique link for individual sounds and projects. These can be pasted into emails, websites etc. that will then link directly to those specific sounds or projects.

Search options

‘Tags’ and ‘Recordists’ search selected projects according to the categories or names clicked. This works in both map and list view. The tag ‘all’ restores all categories to view. Recordists ‘all’ restores all recordists to view.

Play options

  • single play—plays individual sounds one at a time when clicked (the default option)
  • multi play—allows 2 or more sounds to play simultaneously when clicked
  • auto play—plays a random choice of the sounds as a stream
  • mix mode—allows a soundscape to be created by placing a white cross marker on the map. Double clicking will switch on all sounds within a 100metre range and set their volumes according to the distance from the cross. Double clicking again will reposition the cross and start again. The sounds can be turned off either individually or together by clicking STOP in the left column.