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sound fishing

by Adrian Newton

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These recordings were made using a pair of hydrophones suspended from fishing rods, in an attempt to document the internal soundworld of chalk rivers. Very little is known about the sounds made by the cryptic organisms that live in this environment, so it was surprising to discover how rich this soundscape can be. Sound fishing 2 and 5 are dominated by the sound of caddis fly larvae, whereas many of the other recordings feature the chirrups and clicks made by freshwater beetles. The dramatic sounds on Sound fishing 8 are made by aquatic plants as they photosynthesize. There are some other ambient sounds on these recordings, such as wind noise on Sound fishing 8 (it was a breezy day!), and occasionally other terrestrial sounds such as those made by children playing nearby (Sound fishing 4), which were transmitted through the water. But the source of many of the other sounds is completely enigmatic.

Geolocated soundwalk along the River Stour.
Download the echoes app and experience the sounds of the river in-situ.


released October 26, 2020

© Adrian Newton - nemeton.org.uk
tracks mastered by Adrian Newton
photography by Adrian Newton
production and artwork by David Rogers for electricbackroom STUDIO - Dorset - dr@davidrogersstudio.co.uk


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