Posts Tagged ‘river wye’

Above the River Wye

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

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This recording contrasts ‘Below the River Wye’, being made in a small, thin stretch of woodland running along the bank above the river. The wood was flanked by fields and so, in it’s isolation, was accommodating a relatively concentrated number of birds. The microphone was set at ground level, well placed to capture the sounds of flies and other insects which are also prominent.  The flowing river is omnipresent and the soundscape as rich and dense as that below the water.

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Below the River Wye

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

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The first of two recordings that contrast the soundscape of the River Wye above and below the water line. Recorded on a glorious day in early June, where the Wye river runs past the small village of Fownhope, just south of Hereford, UK.

The banks of the river are steep at this point, and the water surface considerably lower, however I managed to descend to a small stretch where a conveniently placed log allowed me just enough access to submerge the microphones. This hydrophone recording demonstrates the richness of the soundscape underneath the water.

I’m frequently surprised by the density of sounds created by aquatic life, this particular example reminds me of the rhythmic songs of cicadas.

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