Folkestone’s El Dorado: An auditory ramble through The Warren

El Dorado is a triptych of soundscapes combining original music and field recordings that capture the unique sounds and biodiversity of Folkestone Warren: a designated local nature reserve (LNR) and site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

“The Warren has been termed the El Dorado and the “terra felix” of the entomologists. And not without reason.”
– Rambles Around Folkestone by “Felix”, 1913

The field recordings were made in the first week of July 2018, along three routes and over three consecutive mornings, between 4am and 7am, during the dawn chorus when the avian inhabitants of The Warren are at their most vocal.

The music, performed on electric guitars, describes the changing physical and atmospheric character of the landscape – from the eerie denseness of the woodland, across the undulating chalk grassland, and to the lull of the lapping shore at the journey’s end.

Commissioned by the Folkestone SALT Festival of the Sea and Environment 2018, audio tracks were available to download during the festival, along with a route map, to accompany the listener on their own journey (physical or virtual) through the landscape. Headphones are recommended to optimise the experience of the stereophonic field recordings.