Lecturer contributes soundscape to Chelsea Flower Show top prize garden
A Rewilding Britain Landscape by Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt, which has just won ‘Best in Show’ at Chelsea Flower Show, includes a soundscape of field recordings from the natural world made by Sound Matters, a sound and listening experience organisation, run by our MA Arts and Ecology lecturer, Dr Mike Edwards and musician and sound designer Harry Coade.
The garden features a pool formed by a dam, plants native to the UK, and sports a refreshingly unkempt aesthetic. It’s inspired by the dramatic, ecologically-benificial changes to the landscape made possible by the reintroduction of beavers. The judges were “captivated by the skill, endeavour and charm” of the garden and the “exquisite” attention shown by the piece.
You can hear some of the sounds Mike and Harry recorded, and the soundscape Harry designed, as part of the garden experience in the interview below.
Find out more about Sound Matters projects via this link.