CAPTURING the sounds of summer on radio is no mean feat, but local radio producer Ciarán Ryan has done just that.
The independent radio producer, based in Limerick, has recorded a new series of soundscapes that will be broadcast on Spin South West over eight weeks in July and August, starting this week.
Ryan, who also runs Limerick’s indie record label Out On A Limb, wanted to design an auditory project that was evocative of summer life in the South West, encompassing cultural and sporting events, summer holiday sounds, and the natural surroundings of the region.
As such, he wants listeners to “close their eyes and listen to sounds such as waves crashing at Lahinch, the clash of the ash in Thurles, the sizzle of a barbecue, silage cutting, or horses racing in Dingle”.
“I’m really enjoying travelling around the South West picking up various sounds and making these pieces,” said Ciarán. “I’d love to hear what Limerick people feel should be represented in the series; we envisage that some of the suggested sounds from listeners will be recorded and broadcast as the series goes on, so get involved.”
The series will see the producer traverse the region over the course of the summer visiting various locations where he will gather the sounds. Each weekday at 2pm a two-minute soundscape will be broadcast during Spin Talk, with listeners invited to participate.
The programme is being made with the support of the BAI’s Sound & Vision Scheme, along with another programme made by Ciarán for Spin, a new culture series called Smart Arts, that sees him interview Darren Shan, legendary Los Angeles based Limerick photographer Brian Cross and The Cranberries’ Noel Hogan.