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The mysterious sounds of an Icelandic summer night

Subject: The mysterious sounds of an Icelandic summer night
From: "Arn=FE=F3r Helgason"
Date: Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:39 pm ((PDT))
Last year there were some discussions about how to record the wind.

At Kirkjubol south of the village of H=F3lmav=EDk in North-west Iceland is =
guesthous run by J=F3n J=F3nsson and his Wife, Ester Sigf=FAsd=F3ttir. I an=
Elin stayed there the night before July 14 this summer. We set up 2
Sennheiser ME-62 mics in an AB-setup 12-14 m from the house, facing
towards the hills. They were covered with a furcode from Rycode, as good
as it started pouring with rain later in the early morning.
This sample of 15 minutes is from 01:23-01:38.

Just after the recording starts the wind increases. The tide is high and
therefore the sound of the waves is heard as well as the klinging sounds
of a small stream nearby. Most of the birds were so far away that some
of them were hardly audible with human ears. As there are not much
contrasts in this recording it was possible to increase the volume greatly.

Those who want to live themselve into the mysterious sounds of the
Icelandic summer night can try to listen, if they can hear the sounds of
the elfs and other supernatural beings of Iceland.

About 7 hours were recorded during this night with my excellent Nagra
Ares BB+. More recordings are to be released later.

All the best.


"While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie Krause.

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