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Althing Austurvollur

In Iceland the state opening of parliament is set every autumn.
The traditional way of the ceremony is when all parliamentarian gathering together in church, next to the parliament building. Within one hour later they march in a parade from the church to the parliament building under honor guards with uniform dressed policeman.
But 1st of October 2011 was different, as usual since 2007 and after the bank crises.
People were both unhappy and disappointed with the parliamentarian. They had spend almost two years to rebuild the same stupid community as before with same greedy banks and capitalism.
At 1st of October 2011 people gathering together downtown and wait for parliamentarian´s parade from church. About 3000 people gathered on the field front of the parliament. Some groups were organized with program, speech and music that they spread over the crowd from a stage. But most of the crowd was not listening to boring speeches. They were waiting for parliamentarian parade.
And when the door opened on the church the crowd started to throw eggs, fireworks and other trash over the parliamentarians. One parliamentarian was hit and fell to the ground, but with help he could rise up again and finish the walk in to the parliament building.
After this ceremony most of the crowd went home but some other stayed on and made loud noise for a while to disturb the ceremony in the parliament.
This short recording contains the moment when the crowd trow the trash to the parade.

Setning Alþingis 2011

Setning Alþingis 1. október 2011 var nokkuð söguleg. Stór hópur fólks hafði safnast á Austurvöll með tunnuslætti, lúðraþyt, tónlist, ræðuhöldum, köllum og hrópum. Flestir voru að mótmæla aðgerðum ríkisstjórnar frá því eftir hrun.
Þegar þingmenn svo gengu frá dómkirkjunni til Alþingis var eggjum, knallertum og öðru rusli kastað á þingmenn. Einn þingmanna, Árni Þór Sigurðsson, fékk eitthvað þungt í höfuðið svo hann féll við, en komst þó við illan leik og með aðstoð annarra, inn í þinghúsið.
Þessi upptaka inniheldur það augnablik þegar þingmenn gengu frá Dómkirkju til Alþingis. Sjá frétt sem tengist þessum atburði á Vísi

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Nature reserve Floi

This recording is almost a straight continue from “Nature reserve in Flói 2012 – Part 1” that was recorded inside the bird watching shelter. Now the microphones are in the wetland, about 300 meters from the shelter. This is close to a pond, early morning 25th of June, around 3am. Now and then the gust strokes the field, but later one it gets more quiet.
This was a busy time for all residents in the area so the recording contains a lot of their activity.
Birds searching for food in the pound or in the grass around the microphones, like Red- necked Phalarope, Arctic stern, Red throat Loon and some ducks. Birds pass by with wing flaps. There is also a lonely barking dog, bleating sheep and whinny horses somewhere far away.
When morning sunbeams warm the field and the wind goes calm, billions of gnats start to fly in thick clouds up and down with impressive noise. Many other bird species are audible in this recording like Common Snipe, Golden Ploer, Whimbrel, Gull, Rooster and many other birds I can not named like some young birds. Sometimes young Loon are crying, while other birds sounds like Tod (n.b. no Frogs live in Iceland).
This is a very quiet nature recording so you should not play it loud. You should play it like you think you will hear it trough open window, as a background sound. Best way to listen details and explore all bird species is using quality open headphones This recording contain also very loud session when all Loons in all ponds in the area “scream” a territory call.
Surprisingly it looks like only one or two motorist is audible in this recording, a truck about 20 km away So the soundscape is almost as nice as it gets on our planet.
There is still many hours left of this recording in Flói. It will be published in coming months.

Friðland í Flóa 2012 – 2. hluti.

Hér er á ferðinni svo til beint framhald af 1. hluta, nema nú hafa hljóðnemarnir verið færðir út að tjörn norðaustur af fuglaskoðunarhúsinu. Upptakan er frá því 25. júní u.þ.b. kl. 3 eftir miðnætti. Heyra má í ýmsum fuglum í dagsins önn. Meðal fugla voru lómur, lóa, hrossagaukur, óðinshani, spói, auðnutittlingur, jaðrakan, stelkur, álft, tjaldur hettumáfur, kría, kjói og sílamáfur. Einhverjar andategundir voru svo á vappi og sveimi um svæðið á meðan á upptöku stóð. Í fjarska heyrist jarm, hundgá, hanagal og hnegg í hestum. Þegar fyrstu sólargeislarnir gægjast yfir Ingólfsfjall og verma svæðið lyftir flugan sér í þykkum sveimum með þéttu suði.
Aldrei þessu vant fer ekki mikið fyrir umferðarhávaða í þessu hljóðskeiði. Greina má þó bíla fara niður Kambana í 20 km fjarlægð. Í raun má greina ferðir þeirra frá Kömbum og fylgja þeim eftir austur fyrir Selfoss á upprunalegu upptökunni og fullum gæðum.
Þetta er lágvær upptaka. Það er því besta að spila hana á lágværum nótum eins og setið sé við opinn glugga. En fyrir þá sem vilja greina fuglategundir og önnur hljóð er mælt með að hlustað sé á upptökuna með góðum opnum heyrnartólum.
Margra klukkutíma efni var tekið upp á þessum stað. Fleiri upptökur munu því heyrast á komandi mánuðum.

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