RT @DungenessRNLI Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat Station in Kent, UK is now on Twitter, latest shouts and other information will be posted here.
Thursday, 20 May 2010
With its exposed location and amplified speakers, Variable 4 is reliant on having a nearby source of power and shelter. We’re fortunate enough to have both of these things provided for us by RNLI Dungeness, who have been endlessly generous with their time and resources in the development of the project. It’s no exaggeration to say that the installation would not be possible without them in anything like its current form.
The station guards the busy Dover Strait between Folkestone and Rye Bay, in the latest of many incarnations since its inception in 1826. Founded just 2 years after the formation of the RNLI itself, the station’s history is documented in an e-book available on their website: The History of the Dungeness Lifeboats.
Anybody joining us at the weekend will undoubtedly meet several of the crew; they will also be on hand with tea and coffee, providing another vital public service!
Chris Ubee, the Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM), is the first point of contact for Dungeness RNLI and in charge of its day-to-day operation.
Keith is the webmaster of the recently relaunched Dungeness Lifeboat website, incorporating many of Shirley's excellent photos of the crew in action.
The boathouse also acts as an archive of the station's historical activities, dating back to its inception in 1826.
sounds like @RNLI Dungeness had a callout just a few hours after we met them on sunday: http://bit.ly/casKcK
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
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.
Map of the installation site and surrounding area, from Ordnance Survey Explorer Map #125.
Nearby landmarks include: