Gary Tolhurst’s earliest childhood memories are etched into the large gum trees and hidden paths which run along the Illawarra escarpment; memories which are still as lively as the running streams in which he played. Jump forward 70 years and Gary still smiles about his wondrous childhood and the unique relationship he developed with the Australian bush, a sanctum of life, beauty and raw nature. The bush has not only become a part of Gary’s identity, but has also ignited his passions for wildlife and nature, a fire which still burns so brightly in the dark green eyes of this 78 year old bush kid.
The relationship of which I was focussing on for this exercise was the connection my sister has with the ocean. Having grown up near the beach her whole life, Shannon has a real love for all beach related activities and culture. She spends most afternoons in the summer surfing and swimming and during the winter will often walk the beach to relax and get out in the fresh air. When creating this soundscape, I focussed on Shannon getting ready at the beach, listening to the wind, sand and water, and then finally her walking towards the ocean for an afternoon surf. One major challenge which I did face however was the velocity of wind that was blowing into the mic, though I was able to edit this level out the sounds at a more even balance.