I’m All Ears, with Peter Cusack

The environment is full of many sounds with which we are familiar, but there are also many noises that we miss, frequencies which cannot be detected by human ears. Despite these variances, some sounds can be made audible to human perception with the assistance of simple, affordable technologies such as contact microphones.

Peter Cusack will share his practices, knowledge and reflections on field recording. During the workshop we will visit the local soundscapes around Margate. The aim is to listen to what is there and ask how sound in the environment can be interestingly recorded and mapped. We will make audio field recordings but also explore ways of using other media to document what we hear.

This workshop will be facilitated by OSE Associate, Hicham Gardaf.


1-2pm: Talk
15 minute break
2.15-3.45pm: Workshop
15 minute break
4-5.30pm: Listening session

Practical information

Although smartphones may be used, it is recommended that you bring a dedicated sound recording device to this workshop if you have access to one. OSE may be able to provide a limited number of recorders to be shared among participants throughout the day.


This session has limited places and requires booking. If you book a ticket and can no longer attend this workshop, please let us know in advance so we can offer your space to someone else.

About the artist

Peter Cusack is a field recordist, musician and researcher with a long interest in the sonic environment. A member of CRiSAP since 2005, projects involve community arts, research into our sense of place and recording areas of special sonic interest. His project ‘Sounds From Dangerous Places’ explores sites of major environmental damage and he is currently researching the use of sound as a means to investigate documentary issues and sonic journalism.