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With Ears Underwater

by David de la Haye

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Sunderland’s underwater soundscapes are the springboard for 'With Ears Underwater'.

A trio of musicians used anonymised audio files to create a repertoire of sounds as the basis for collective and solo improvisation. The mystery recordings were, in fact, the sounds of marine life, freshwater invertebrates, and aquatic plants sourced from Sunderland's docklands and intertidal mudflats; the marina and estuary of the River Wear; the rock-pools of Roker and freshwater ponds found beside factories.

Their instrumental recordings flow alongside original underwater recordings, illustrating the interconnectedness of our acoustic landscape and evoking interspecies dialogue. It is a space to reimagine historically industrialised areas through the lens of aquatic ecosystems.

Mixed binaurally using Spatial Audio from Kinicho, so best listened with headphones. All files 24bit, 48kHz.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by D. de la Haye.

Specially curated, family-orientated zine, produced for World Water Day. Illustrated by Nocciola The Drawer. Physical zine included with CD. Download purchases include a PDF.

Documentary video featuring a behind-the-scenes view of the creative process:


released May 27, 2022

David de la Haye: Underwater Sound Recordings
Adam Stapleford: Drums / Percussion
Graeme Wilson: Sax
Mark Carroll: Cello

Compositions and Music (c) David de la Haye
Recordings and Publishing David de la Haye

Zine illustrated by Nocciola The Drawer.


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David de la Haye Durham, UK

David is a field recordist, musician, creative research technician and producer.

When not recording wildlife sounds for art installations or documentaries he tours internationally with Folk groups 'Monster Ceilidh Band' and 'Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies'.

He lives in Durham where he focusses largely on exploring marine and freshwater environments through sound.
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