Soundscape Recorder is a free app, for iOS and Android, designed for recording and sharing environmental sound.
Soundscape ecology is a field of research that investigates how sound in the environment can be used to assess ecosystem health and human connection to nature and the environment in general.
The app creates environmental audio recordings and captures additional information about the recording, including location, date/time, meta data about the sounds in the recording and optional user input.
In conjunction with Earth Day 2014 (April 22), the creators are organizing an effort to record soundscapes from around the world. Here is an introduction to the project:
Data collected by the app includes:
- Audio recordings of a soundscape in *.wav file format
- Length of recording in mins:secs format
- Time of day and date
- Device type (manufacturer, such as Apple or Samsung)
- OS version
- Location “fuzzed” by 10km
- A datafile that contains user survey inputs to soundscape composition
- An optional user input soundscape description (as a text field of up to 255 characters)
- Global Soundscapes Day app version