Flashback 2014: Mulberry Farm dam recording with hydrophones


Back in September 2014, L and I spent a weekend at a family friends farm near Yankalilla. One morning a went out to make some recordings across the property – exploring the surrounding scrub, hills, gullies and creeks. Near the homestead there’s a dam where I made some hydrophone recordings. Though I’d listened back to some of my above-grond recordings made around the farm, I never got around to properly examining these hydrophone recordings.

I was going through some Fleurieu-centric recordings, scouring my archive for some material to put on the Fleurieu Sound Map when this one came up and it piqued my interest. I imported it into RX, tweaked the EQ and gain slightly and it came to life. What is revealed is an underwater environment teeming with life and activity – everywhere. The spatial quality that I captured in this recording is very impressive. I thought I’d mislabelled this with one of Rolf Julius’ dense polytextured installation pieces. There’s a lot going on here.

The recording consists of three primary sound elements:

  1. A high-pitched cloud of incessant activity – micro-gestures, metallic flutters, sibilent voices and crackles.
  2. Distinctive scratching and rhythmic activity of (what I presume are) yabbies. There’s some really nice foregrounded polyrhythmic activity that can be heard distinctly on the left and right channels.
  3. A myriad of other voices – some weaved into the texture of dense sonic clouds, others emerging occasionally into the foreground. A variety of squeaks, flutters, gurgles and other related verbs and adjectives that currently elude me.



Fleurieu Sound Map Updates: Wirrina Cove & Second Valley Forest

Near Wirrina Cove (looking north towards Normanville and Carrickalinga) - July 2011
Near Wirrina Cove (looking north towards Normanville and Carrickalinga) – July 2011

A couple of new additions to the FSM.


As I was finishing some sound design work for an upcoming theatre production I found myself digging through some archived field recordings from a weekend trip to Normanville in July 2011.

It was a productive trip at the time as it was my first proper research trip to survey sound environments on the Fleurieu; and though I only covered a small area of territory (mostly around my hometown, Normanville) it was an important exercise which ultimately led to the creation of the FSM six months later.

Both these additions are fairly simple recordings of sites which are sonically consistent and generally uneventful, but are important documents of sites previously not featured on the site.  As these are recordings made on the old Edirol-HR09 (with problematic signal-to-noise at low volumes) there is discrete hiss on the very quiet Second Valley Forest recording.  This discrete noise is the principle reason no EQ or gain has been applied to this recording.