A vintage phone booth becomes an ocean listening exhibit! You can listen to recordings of common Salish Sea sounds from home, or — better yet — experience the exhibit inside the converted phone booth at the Langley Whale Center!
Overview and credits:
Just in time for Orca month (June 2018) we’re unveiling the Pat Price Ocean Listening Exhibit at the Langley Whale Center. This project was initiated by Susan Berta and Howie Garrett of Orca Network in early 2017 and implemented with the generous support & volunteerism of the Price Family.
Special acknowledgement is due to each participant in this special collaborative effort to honor Pat’s dedication to the oceans and the Langley Whale Center —
- Susan and Howie provided the booth, space for it within the Langley Whale Center (in Langley, WA, USA), and overall vision for and administration of the project.
- Ken Price undertook a magnificent restoration of an old wooden telephone booth that Susan had found, added his stunning woodwork as a memorial to his wife, Pat, and managed additional construction feats, like making and installing headphone mounts.
- Sara Hysong-Shimazu created a beautiful panorama showing the local seascape, including sources of the most common Salish Sea sounds.
- Scott Veirs of Beam Reach led development of the hardware and software, and as coordinator of the Orcasound hydrophone network provided sound samples from each local species.
- Scott Price with his able assistant Lydia Price recorded euphonious narrations for each of the sounds.
- Cindy Hansen, Wendy Sines, and Center volunteers provided valuable feedback on early versions of the booth and the web-based content.