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Blue Spaces : Tides and Open Waters (Extended)

by David de la Haye

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Beneath a pond’s seemingly serene surface lies a complex sound-world. Aquatic invertebrates produce an array of sounds by rubbing body parts together, a process called stridulation. These bugs are often found in dense vegetation. Some plants oxygenate the water, creating hypnotic, repetitive bubbling textures as they respire. Amphibians have distinctive voices above the water, but they also create a variety of aquatic sounds. These include underwater vocalisations. And just as in our terrestrial environment, human-derived sounds filter through the landscape, eventually entering bodies of water. This diversity of sonic elements forms the complex soundscape of a freshwater pond.


Uninhabited islands, hydrophones dropped at anchor, the edges of breakwaters and hidden coves. Listen to tidal and underwater sounds; enjoy the ebb and flow, the snapping of shrimp, the grunts of seals and the bioluminescence of plankton.

These are really one-off recording from unique locations.
Don't believe me? Look here: twitter.com/Sealdiver/status/1190238734983290882

Many of the terrestrial recordings are available as B-Format ambisonic files on request but are uploaded here either binaurally or stereo. If you would like the B-Format files, get in touch.


released October 31, 2019

David de la Haye




David de la Haye Durham, UK

David is an underwater sound recordist, composer, researcher, and music technician.

When not listening to his pond he plays bass for internationally renowned Folk groups 'Monster Ceilidh Band' and 'Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies'.

He lives in Durham and is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University.
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