Be part of the DAWN CHORUS

Get up very early and record the dawn chorus on your doorstep at sunrise on your mobile phone. Upload the recordings to this page and share your experience with people around the world.

It’s very easy to create and share your recording.

All you need is a smartphone with audio recording capabilities.

Prepare

Find out at what time the sun currently rises in your region (e.g. via the weather app on your smartphone or here). Choose a recording location near you. This could be your window, balcony or garden, a park, meadow or forest near you. Make sure the environment is relatively quiet, and please adhere to local corona protection measures. Find the audio recording function on your phone and familiarize yourself with it. Set your alarm. You should set your recording time to 30 minutes before sunrise.
Download recording instructions here.

Record

Get up very early and be at the recording location about 30 minutes before sunrise. Place your recording equipment on a solid surface or tripod, protected from wind and rain, and aim the microphone at the birdsong. Activate the Airplane Mode on your phone and start recording via the audio recording function. Then walk away and be very quiet during the recording. Record 30 to 90 seconds of sound, and retrieve device. Stop the recording. Note time, temperature and other factors, that you will be asked in the upload form later. Ideally, you should make several recordings at intervals of 10-15 minutes. The individual files should not be larger than 20 Mbyte.

Upload

After you have saved your soundscapes, check if the bird calls are well audible. Trim off disturbing noises at the beginning and end if necessary or possible but do not use any filters. Upload your finished recordings here.
It is possible to upload several files at once. Use the upload form to provide important information about your recording. It is essential for scientific usability.
Attach a picture of your recording location so that others can see in which environment your recordings were produced.

Share more

You can also add texts such as poems or thoughts that are related to your recording. In this way, you will also create a valuable collection of creative content which will later be incorporated into artistic projects surrounding the DAWN CHORUS.

Find and tweet on

Immediately after the upload you can find your birdsong on the worldwide Soundmap and as a part of the great Chorus. With the given birdsong_number you can easily search for your recording among all the others.

Share your recording via Facebook, Twitter oder per link with your family and friends.

Want to record more?

If you want to provide even more valuable scientific data for the DAWN CHORUS project, repeat your recording procedure at the same place on a second day, ideally on a weekday and a holiday. This will allow further investigation of the effects of noise pollution.

To achieve even higher quality audio-recordings you can find more information about the recording-features of your smartphone and third-party recording-apps here.

 

Some Android phones have good built-in sound recording Apps, such as Samsung’s Voice Recorder.

For a better recording, you can download and install apps that allow high-quality sound recordings. Their default settings are a good start, but if you would like to support us with a high-quality recording, please set the bitrate to 320 kbps. Sampling rate should be 44100 Hz (sometimes called 44kHz). For highest quality recordings, change the format to “wav”. Please note that file size will increase with increasing audio quality.

Here are some app suggestions:

– Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder (Free) by “Audiophile”. You will find your recording in a folder called “Recordings”. Make sure that “stereo” is switched off (default), and under “microphone”, please select “unprocessed (raw)”.

– MP3 recorder by “Smart Mobile Tools”. You will find your recording in a folder called “com.fragileheart.recorder”.  Please disable “noise suppressor” (German: Rauschunterdrückung).

– Voice Recorder by “quality apps (recorder, weather, music)”You will find your recording in a folder called: “Recorders”

As a simple option, you may use the inbuilt Voice Memos app. Please avoid “lossless” setting. Choose “compressed” setting instead.

For a better recording, you can download and install apps that allow high-quality sound recordings. Their default settings are a good start, but if you would like to support us with a high-quality recording, please set the bitrate to 320 kbps. Sampling rate should be 44100 Hz (sometimes called 44kHz). For highest quality recordings, change the format to “wav”. Please note that file size will increase with increasing audio quality.

Here are some iOS App suggestions which can provide good quality WAV sound recordings:

  • Hokusai 2
  • AVR (Awesome Voice Recorder)

Upload your birdsong here

Is your birdsong recording ready? Upload your recordings now here and provide important information on your recording in the form. Immediately after your upload you can find your birdsong in the Chorus.

Your recordings and information will be publishes anonymously.

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