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The Pit Pond (Wildlife Sound Recording Society, Restricted Winner)

by David de la Haye

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Wildlife Sound Recording Society (WSRS), Restricted Winner - Habitat Class.

'The Pit Pond' is an underwater recording made in the ex-mining village of Easington Colliery, County Durham, late September 2020. The series of lockdowns made me interested in overlooked habitats on our doorstep. Picture-perfect locations are desirable, but urban environments widen accessibility. This somewhat neglected pond, appropriately named "Pond of Life", is a semi-permanent habitat that shrinks to merely a puddle during drier months.

The recording demonstrates a wealth of activity, featuring pulsing plant photosynthesis alongside chirruping invertebrates. It was recorded in stereo using a Zoom F8 and Aquarian Audio hydrophones, and mixed binaurally to emphasise the immersive nature of underwater listening.



released July 18, 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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