The complex soundscape of a freshwater pond

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.


released May 22, 2021




David de la Haye Durham, UK

David is a multi-award winning field recordist, musician, creative research technician and producer. He has toured internationally with Monster Ceilidh Band, Jez Lowe and Shona Mooney. Originally from the Channel Islands he now lives in Durham where he focusses largely on exploring marine and freshwater environments through sound. ... more

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