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All entries in this category: 1a: PM's Sounds of Summer

  1. Tonight's Sound of Summer will be...

    • Eddie Mair
    • 28 Sep 07, 04:03 PM

    ....

    ....

    ...drum roll...

    ...

    Sound number 6. Those chickens! Carl also sent us these pictures:

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  1. Vote for tonight's very last Sound of Summer

    • Eddie Mair
    • 28 Sep 07, 08:04 AM

    We got lots of entries that we kinda felt didn't really fit into the summer sound category (whatever that is) or sounds that perhaps didn't quite work.

    Among them - those below.

    Big Ben is due back on Monday so tonight's Sound of Summer will be the choice of PM listeners.

    Just click on the comment link and add the number of your choice, 1-6, before 16.00 BST today. The most popular choice will be the one we play.*

    1: From Malcolm Teal: This clip is of my band, Split the Kitty, from our rehearsal on the evening of Tuesday August 28th in Walton-on-Thames. It was our first get-together since our guitarist Duncan got married in July, and the clip is from our version of Dodgy’s “Staying Out for the Summer”.

    2:Humph sent this: "I work throughout the summer period and so for me the "sound of summer" is a work sound. The attached file is of one of the instruments that I work with - setting up and starting the analysis of an extract to measure the polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) content of a soil sample."

    3:David Reid sent this: "this is the sound of Nottingham Arboretum, 11 September, early evening."

    4:David Reid - I think it's the same person but can't be faffed to check - also sent this: "of East Midlands Airport as passengers leave the terminal with their baggage trollies - early September, 21.00"

    5: Paul Freeman sent this: "This is the sound of the end of summer really; it's the first rehearsal after the summer break of our Anglo French choir "Vocalise" (pronounced the French way :- "vocal-ease"). We are an amateur choir of some 25 people roughly half-and-half English and French, based in the Limousin. It's 7.15 in the evening, on Tuesday. We would have been outside, in the late summer evening, but it was too cold ! There are 3 clips here, 2 x warm-up exercises plus the beginning of a traditional Czech song we are learning for Christmas (trad/ms). The voice you can hear is that of the Chef de Chorale, Julien Reynaud (nf).

    6:Carl Goss sent this:

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    to accompany this

    "Don’t know if this is of interest for ‘sounds of summer’ but it’s the sound of our chickens being fed in the garden. Unfortunately they don’t roam free anymore since we had a fox attack a few months back. We lost three of our lovely girls including Brenda Brown chest and Snowy White (my six year old daughter Catherine insisted on naming them). We were of course all very sad and deeply concerned for the four remaining, the spread of foxes into the urban environment seems to go on unabated. But we added more wire, and strengthened the chicken pen and they’ve been alright since.
    Their enclosure is an old fruit cage, having seen the horrendous price of chicken coops. The raspberries and gooseberries still survive higher up!! We decided to buy a £99 B and Q shed and customise it, building a storage container and nest box on one side. They are Belgium Bantams by the way with lovely little eggs (attached photo of the very first one we got, how proud we were!!). I don't think we’ve ever had such tasty, or yellow, Omelettes!!
    We took on seven girls and one boy... Basil!
    Sadly after one day and ONE MORNING, the cockerel had to go. He was just too noisy for the neighbours. No we didn’t eat him, we found him a new loving home, at a specialist breeder and now he’s the father of countless Belgiums (if you know what I mean!) The owner has promised if we want some fertislised eggs anytime to just ask! He said pop them under your broody hens and Bobs your Uncle, or rather Basils your Dad.....Cockadoodledoo!"

    GET VOTING! We are expecting irregularities so the whole thing is being monitored by Alan Yentob.

    *We've already chosen the winner, of course.

    1030 UPDATE: Yes it seems number six is a bit broken. Apologies. Yentob furious. Fixing now. Stand by.
    1038 UPDATE: All the links now work. Thanks to Kyren who made it happen.

  1. Tomorrow on the PM Blog: YOU choose the Sound of Summer

    • Eddie Mair
    • 27 Sep 07, 05:50 PM

    Check back tomorrow and add a comment before 16.00

  1. Sounds of the Summer

    • Eddie Mair
    • 27 Sep 07, 02:03 PM

    is drawing to a close, and tonight we have some Morris Dancing. Or is it Morris dancing?

    On Monday, before the return of Big Ben we're planning a montage of some of our favourite sounds. If you have one that sticks in the mind, let us know and we'll try to include it.

    I'm thinking of making our final sound, tomorrow, one of the odder ones we've received....

  1. Tonight's Sound of Summer comes from

    • Eddie Mair
    • 24 Sep 07, 11:42 AM

    here.

  1. Big Ben Update

    • Eddie Mair
    • 24 Sep 07, 11:35 AM

    If all goes to plan our Sounds of the Summer (ahem) will come to an end this Friday - we're told that Mr Ben hopes to be up and chiming from next Monday at 8am. So if you've been putting off sending yours - get on with it! Details of how to send are under 1a: PM's Sounds of Summer, on the right.

  1. Sounds of the Summer

    • Eddie Mair
    • 5 Sep 07, 12:32 PM

    is proving to be huge fun for us - I hope it is working for you too.

    I love how these ideas grow. I remember a few weeks ago getting the BBC email saying the bongs were going off - and I posted summat here. We faffed around for a bit, worried we wouldn't have enough sounds, and we had a few debates about what constituted a summer sound. In the first few days there was even talk of using SOUND EFFECTS!

    But we wanted to keep the sounds "real" and related to this summer.

    Now, we're inundated. Last week we even got a call from a PR person at a well known theme park offering sounds from her place. As it happens we already had plans for a sound from a different theme park, but it's funny how word gets out.

  1. HOW TO SEND US YOUR SOUND OF SUMMER

    • Eddie Mair
    • 21 Aug 07, 02:06 PM

    Would you like to send us YOUR sound of summer? Please do!

    We need at least 30 seconds of it - up to a minute is fine. You must also send a note of what it is, where and when it was recorded.

    There are two ways you can get it to us - you can email it to us as an mp3, or put it on CD and mail it.

    MP3:
    Email to pm@bbc.co.uk. It's very important you put SOUNDS OF SUMMER CLIP in the strapline otherwise we may not see it.

    BY MAIL:
    Send your CD to PM SOUNDS OF SUMMER, Room G601, BBC News Centre, London, W12 7RJ.

    In any case we will NOT be able to return anything you send us, so if you can't afford to do without it, please don't send it. There is no guarantee either that we'll be able to broadcast your item so please don't be sad if yours doesn't make it on. Sending us the sound also means you're happy for us to broadcast it and we can use it freely in any form without giving you a damn thing in return. It means we own you and there's nothing you can do. Nothing, do you hear??? (To be read as if a villain in a cartoon or horror film: HAHAHAhahahaha.)

    If having read all that you're happy to give it a spin, please do. We can take sounds from anywhere in the world, and we're running them for several more weeks, so it you're going on holiday and want to send us something on your return you can.

    Have fun with it!

  1. How to send us YOUR Sound of Summer

    • Eddie Mair
    • 9 Aug 07, 10:15 AM


    Would you like to send us YOUR sound of summer? Please do!

    We need at least 30 seconds of it - up to a minute is fine. You must also send a note of what it is, where and when it was recorded.

    There are two ways you can get it to us - you can email it to us as an mp3, or put it on CD and mail it.

    MP3:

    Email to pm@bbc.co.uk. It's very important you put SOUNDS OF SUMMER CLIP in the strapline otherwise we may not see it.

    BY MAIL:

    Send your CD to PM SOUNDS OF SUMMER, Room G601, BBC News Centre, London, W12 7RJ.


    In any case we will NOT be able to return anything you send us, so if you can't afford to do without it, please don't send it. There is no guarantee either that we'll be able to broadcast your item so please don't be sad if yours doesn't make it on. Sending us the sound also means you're happy for us to broadcast it and we can use it freely in any form without giving you a damn thing in return. It means we own you and there's nothing you can do. Nothing, do you hear??? (To be read as if a villain in a cartoon or horror film: HAHAHAhahahaha.)

    If having read all that you're happy to give it a spin, please do. We can take sounds from anywhere in the world, and we'll be running them for at least a month from Monday August 13, so if you're going on holiday and want to send us something on your return you can.

    Have fun with it!

  1. Our item last night on choosing a Big Ben replacement is

    • Eddie Mair
    • 8 Aug 07, 11:38 AM

    here.

  1. Summer Sounds

    • Eddie Mair
    • 8 Aug 07, 09:59 AM

    Will be a new category on the list on the right. There you'll be able to hear the history of the item - including, shortly, the piece we ran on the programme last night. I also hope that once we're up and running, there will be a list of all the sounds we've had.

    As I hinted last night, we may well use sounds sent to us by listeners. Please don't send us any yet. Details of what we are looking for and in what form will follow before the end of the week.

  1. BONG UPDATE!

    • Eddie Mair
    • 7 Aug 07, 03:16 PM

    New category created on the right of the page...and we'll announce the idea we've chosen on the programme tonight.

    Obviously it isn't one suggested by a listener - it was made up by a BBC producer who will also win a holiday. We can do this you know until The BBC Truth Commission has been built across the road from us.
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    And here's a titbit for you. L Bridges on the original bong thread suggested Beethoven's Fifth as a pre 1800 filler. My colleague Adam Bowen - producer of this parish - fished this out.

  1. BLOG EXCLUSIVE: BIG BEN SILENCED

    • Eddie Mair
    • 6 Aug 07, 01:32 PM

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    Just heard that from Saturday 11th August for about a month, Big Ben will fall silent for maintenance work.

    This means the pips will return at the end of PM.

    WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE EXTRA TIME?

    When this happened before we asked for suggestions and chose a listener's idea of birdsong.

    What about this time? The same thing for the entire month or so? Something different every week? I will mention this on air tonight but if you want to get your idea in first - click on the comment link.

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