Two weeks have passed since the last update and many new recordings have been added to the map as well as a number of ‘under the hood’ improvements. 34 countries are now represented including a singing Humpback Whale in Tonga and lovely melodies from the Siberian Rubythroat from the remote Yakutia region in Russia.
Nature Soundmap for Mobile Devices
Some have asked about compatibility with mobile devices. At present, Nature Soundmap is best viewed on devices 7″ and above (computer, tv or tablet) and with a resolution of at least 800 x 600 pixels. A simpler version of the site should automatically appear when viewing on a smaller tablet and some smartphones. This simpler version displays a smaller floating window with only the name of the sound, location and play button visible. Smartphones with relatively low resolution screens are not well-suited for this site.
I would be grateful for mobile device users to beta test the site and let me know how it is working for you.
The artist profiles are next on the list and I have been experimenting with some different ways of presenting them.
I’ve registered all recordists as ‘Contributors’ using a membership-type plugin which enables you all to log in and add/edit your own personal details, bio and contact information. I will send you all a personal email with your login credentials. If I don’t yet have your personal email address I will message you via Soundcloud.
Website ‘Official’ Launch Date
We’re still on schedule for a December 2013 launch, so please hold off on sharing details about the site or posting links until then. We want to have the site as polished as possible and tested so visitors can have a smooth experience exploring the sounds and people behind them.
For the next three weeks I’ll be travelling in north Queensland on the trail for some new soundscapes and photographs so will not be spending too much time on the site until the 2nd half of November. We’re still looking good for a public launch in December 2013, assuming the majority of the artist bio’s are submitted and I am not attacked by a Cassowary!
– Marc Anderson