The recording was made on July 21, 2018, in San Vigilio / South Tirol, Italy. While hiking across a mountain towards San Martino, it is hard not to notice a buzzing sound of the local ski lift. It occupies mostly lower frequencies, but also higher ones, especially when the wheels of the carts squeak against the construction and the ropes that let them slide up the hill. This wide range of tones creates boundaries for other sounds to occur and be accommodated. Consequently, no animal sounds can be noticed in the vicinity. Birds do not nest along the path established by the lift's pillars, but only way further up the hill. / j.s.
The recording was made on July 21, 2017, on Gällnö, which is one of numerous islands of the Swedish Archipelago.
While camping with my friends near the coastline I became curious about the stilness of the
surface of the sea. I used my flashlight to illuminate it. A ray of light stretching across several meters revealed an amazing scene: billions of microscopic sea organisms were sliding across the surface
in what seemed to be some kind of a hyper-entropic trance. All of a sudden what until then looked to me as suspiciously dead and serene revealed its
most exuberant and unregisterable vitality. I used my in-ear binarual microphones to capture some of the sound that I was able to detect with my ears only to a minimal degree.
It seems though that even putting them right above the surface of the water did not give justice to the situation. The recording is very rough and only hints at how loud this night activity of the plankton is if you kneel down, obtain its perspective and give it a proper hearing.
Listening to these sounds, reminding to some extent of a city traffic, made me think of the importance of plankton in terms of its role as the major contibutor to and stabilizer
of the acquatic ecosystems, somewhat taken for granted due to its seemingly invisible and quiet complexion. On my next trip I plan to return with proper hydrophones / j.s.