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At Anchor, Falling Asleep Listening To Seals Deep Underwater

by David de la Haye

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mikehoolboom Expertise is great, but sometimes accidents are even better. A stellar underwater track, filled with gentle waves and a teeming underwater life, the gestures and vocalizations of seal communities at work and play.
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One of my most memorable experiences is that of falling asleep whilst listening to the sound of seals swimming only metres away beneath the hull of our two-masted sailboat (ketch).

We were anchored in the Outer Hebrides with two of my hydrophones fed through the port-hole of our cabin into the calm waters of Mingulay Bay. And what I heard was amazing.

I wanted to share this wonderful experience with you, so I've put together this mesmerising 23 minute, binaural rendering from materials recorded that night.

The full recordings can be found in the British Library (Grey Seals WA 2021/001)

Released for #NationalMarineWeek 2021
48kHz, 24bit
Recorded whilst with Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust


released August 6, 2021


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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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