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A Fresh​(​water) Perspective

by David de la Haye

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As Narcissus stared into a pool of water, what did he hear? Beyond his own reflection did the subtle thrum of aquatic life enchant him?

Scattered widely across our landscapes, I believe ponds provide an accessible way to look beyond our reflection and deeply connect to ecosystems on our doorstep.

Freshwater habitats host a variety of sounds, including that of the Water Boatman (Family Corixidae) which can produce the loudest sound, relative to its size, of any animal. Field recording technology augments our senses, allowing us to explore these intricate yet rarely studied sound-worlds.

Stereo mix of original 4-channel installation in the Arches, Newcastle University

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released September 19, 2021
Underwater Recordings: David de la Haye
Piano: Mhairi Hall
Produced by David de la Haye for the Beastly Landscape Symposium, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape at Newcastle University.



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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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