A constructive Sunday on the coast, meeting the team from RNLI Dungeness – who are supporting Variable 4 with infrastructure and local know-how – and making some speculative field recordings.
Blue skies above the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's station, one of 238 around the UK, and operated entirely by volunteers.
Meeting the crew of RNLI Dungeness.
Amongst many other kind pledges of support, RNLI Dungeness have granted us access to this outbuilding for the duration of the installation - invaluable for keeping our hardware dry!
Our first trials of outdoor playback, with extremely promising results - an extraordinarily clean sound, despite the blustering wind. Here, we are recording a blast of white noise played into the air, which will allow us to gauge the filtering effects of the environment. Unfortunately, this led to the sad demise of this poor 40w speaker's tweeter.
Accompanying us on this trip was Giles, who is generously assisting us with field recordings.
The 11:00 departure on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. We were later told the tale of a Luftwaffe pilot who, after sighting a diminutive RHD train from above, returned to France reporting that his altimeter was surely faulty.
Having only visited Dungeness outside of the summer months, it was a pleasure to see a blue sky.
Marking the central point of the installation, approximately 120 metres from the RNLI outhouse.