Postscript February 2015
Looking back at this very short post I see that all it's audiolinks are now dead and the sounds of Dartmoor can no longer be heard. What you can still read on line is a retrospective assessment of 'Sounding Dartmoor' by its leader John Levack Drever. The project encompassed directed soundwalks, field recording, that website which has now disappeated, a multi-channel sound installation in a local gallery and a CD. Interestingly, 'during the Sounding Dartmoor study period (2000-2002) the prevailing Dartmoor soundscape encountered a number of impinging issues: the MOD noise survey, the foot and mouth outbreak and the imminent fox hunting ban.' The MOD survey was quantitative and didn't question local inhabitants, providing a contrast with Drever's highly paticipatory approach. The foot and mouth outbreak brought a deathly silence to local farms. The sounds of fox hunting were about to pass into history.
While I am at it I will also append here a useful definition of soundscape that Drever quotes in his essay. It is from the introduction to Emily Thompson's book The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900- 1933 (2002):
'Like a landscape, a soundscape is simultaneously a physical environment and a way of perceiving that environment; it is both a world and a culture constructed to make sense of that world... A soundscape’s cultural aspects incorporate scientific and aesthetic ways of listening, a listener’s relationship to their environment, and the social circumstances that dictate who gets to hear what. A soundscape, like a landscape, ultimately has more to do with civilization than with nature, and as such, it is constantly under construction and always undergoing change.'