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The complex soundscape of a freshwater pond

from The complex soundscape of a freshwater pond by David de la Haye

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All the sounds you hear were recorded using hydrophones (underwater microphones) at local ponds and rendered binaurally for a more immersive, 360 headphone experience. What can we learn simply by listening?

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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.


from The complex soundscape of a freshwater pond, released May 22, 2021
field recording and composition by D de la Haye
voiceover by J. Whitfield




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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