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My favorite recordings are those who are many hours long. Even in places where I hear „nothing“, I will more often end up with expressively moments. Here is one of these moments when curious sheeps are sniffing, licking and biting the microphones. Not very interesting, but anyway the loudest part of seven hours long recording. It was recorded in Álftaver, in the south east south of Iceland, around midnight, 4th of June 2015.

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Mitt skemmtilegasta viðfangsefni eru langar upptökur úti í náttúrunni. Jafnvel þó fátt makrvert heyrist, þá er oftar en ekki eitthvað áheyrilegt í þessum upptökum. Hér er ein slík uppákoma þegar rolla og lambrútur snuðra við hljóðnemasettið. Þetta er ekki merkileg upptaka en engu að síður háværasti parturinn úr sjö klukkustunda langri upptöku. Þessi hljóðpartur var tekinn upp um miðnætti í Álftaveri þann 4. júní 2015.

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Recorder: Sound Devices 788
Microphones: Sennheiser MKH20 (AB40)
Pix Canon EOS-M
Rec. Location: 63.522821, -18.351570
Weather: ca. 4°C, calm (SW 2m) cloudy

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Við lifum einkennilega tíma. Við þurfum að taka MJÖG rótækar ákvarðanir og breyta lifnarðarháttum okkar miklu meira en flestum likar. Ekki einhvern tíma seinna, heldur NÚNA.
Segja má að Loftslagsráðstefnan í Paris, COP21, sé mikilvægasta ráðstefna sem mannkynið hefur upplifað.
Að því tilefni voru farnar kröfugöngur víða um heim þar sem ráðamenn voru hvattir til að gefa ekkert eftir í þeim efnum.
Ein slík ganga var farin í Reykjavík einn kaldan vetrardag, sunnudaginn 29. nóvember 2015, á vegum náttúruvendarsamtaka. Heppnaðist gangan með ágætum þó fleiri hefðu mátt taka þátt í svo milivægri kröfugöngu.
Hér er hljóðrit frá seinni hluta göngunnar sem og frá Lækjatorgi þar sem haldnar voru ofur stuttar en mjög góðar ræður.
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Vefsíða COP21

Our LAST chance, COP21

We live in a strange time where we must take a very radical decisions and changes in our lifestyle. Therefore, is the UN climate change conference now in Paris, COP21’s the most important conference that mankind has ever experienced.
For this occasion many march or demonstrations occurred in cities all around the world where the leaders in the conference were encouraged to make a very radical agreements.
One such climate march was gone in Reykjavik in a cold Sunday, November 29th, 2015.
The following recording includes the second half of the march and two short speeches in the end (in Icelandic) at Lækjartorg square in Reykjavik center.
COP21 website

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Recorder: Olympus LS100
Mics: Sound Professionals MC-TFB-2 (In ear Binaural w. Soundmann windshield)
Pics: Thanks to Jón Pálsson (See more pics)
Weather : About -4°C, calm.
Location: 64.147463, -21.936443

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This recording is almost straight forward from the recording I posted about a year ago “Dawn in Stafholtstungur, part 1”.
Now the traffic in the county increase slowly from previous recording, but all the time it is possible to listen to the birds activity in details around the recording place.
This was recorded the 18th of October 2013, between 6 and 7 in the morning near the farm Arnarholt.
Quality headphones are recommended while listening at low level in relaxed position.

Dögun í Stafholtstungum, annar hluti

Hér er á ferðinni  svo til beint framhald af upptöku sem fór á vefinn fyrir um ári síðan; “Dögun í Stafholtstungum, fyrsti hluti”.  Heyra má að umferð eykst í sveitinni  þar sem klukkan er farinn að ganga sjö.  Gera má ráð fyrir að það heyrist í sumum bílum, þá líklega flutningabílum, um langan veg  frá Norðurárdal suður til Borgarfjarðar. En þegar þögnin er sem mest er vel hægt að heyra í fuglum  athafna sig í smáatriðum nærri upptökustaðnum.
Upptakan var gerð við bæinn Arnarholt þann 18. október 2013
Mælt er með því að hlusta á þessa upptöku í góðum heyrnartólum og á lágum hljóðstyrk um leið og slakað er á í þægilegum stól eða rúmi.

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Recorder:  Sound devices 744
Mics: Sennheiser MKH20 (AB40)
Pix: Canon EOS M
Rec. location: 64.672593, -21.629240
Weather: Clear sky, calm, -4°C

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The 10th of July 2015 I visited Ásbyrgi national park, in the north east Iceland.
I arrived around 9 pm. The weather was rather cold, with light drizzle rain. However there was a sport game on the old camp side held by the local community. Calls, yell and sheers from audience sounded fantastic in the echo from the surrounding cliffs. Mixed with the birdsong from the forest and the cliffs above it sounded like I was in another world.
I found a good place to record this amazing soundscape.
Soon I noticed a boring noise in the background from petrol power generator so the recording was shorter than I hoped .
When I came back to the car park the sport game was finished and the people were leaving the place. I heard someone in the crowd playing on Mbira thump piano. It came from female in traditional dress. Her instrument sounded nice in this place, so I enjoyed listening while I was packing my gear in the car.
Some Icelandic male in the crowd called after her: ‘Where are you from?“
„I am from everywhere“ she repleted.
Funny answer, I thought and started to listen to the conversations. Why not record her while she was playing?
She gave me a permission, so we took a walk to Botnstjörn pound in the bottom of Ásbyrgi.
Her name is Jessica Rose, with nickname Fairy.
I did not dare to ask her about her nationality, but her English was from the west, maybe from Canada, or north east USA. She was traveling in Iceland with her sister and two friends.

Fairy in Ásbyrgi

Um miðjan júlí 2015 kom ég við í Ásbyrgi. Ég hafði gefið mér nægan tíma þar árið áður svo ég ætlaði ekki að að eyða þar miklum tíma heldur fara á aðra staði í þjóðgarðinum sem ég hafði „hljóðstað“ á.
Ég kom á bílastæðið í botni Ásbyrgis um kl. 21. Á gamla tjaldsvæðinu stóð yfir íþróttamót. Það var því óvenju mikið af bílum og fólki á svæðinu. Hvattningarköll áhorfenda bergmáluðu sérkennilega milli klettanna í bland við fuglasöng úr skóginum og fýlahjal ofan úr klettunum. Ég rauk því til og fann mér upptökkustað. En það leið ekki á löngu að suð frá bensínrafstöð á keppnissvæðinu fór að pirra mig. Upptakan var því styttri en til stóð.
Þegar á bílastæðið var komið var fólk að streyma af mótssvæðinu. Heyri ég þá að einhver spilar á þumalpiano sem hljómaði skemmtilega á þessum stað. Var þar á ferð dama að nafni Jessica Rose sem vildi láta kalla sig Fairy. Var hún þarna í félagsskap með systur sinni og tveimur öðrum vinum á ferð um landið.
Ég stóst ekki mátið. Ég fékk leyfi hjá henni til að taka tónlist hennar upp og var það gert á pallinum við Botnstjörn.

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Recorder Sound devices 788
Mics: Rode NT1a (NOS) & Sennheiser MKH8020/8040 (ORTF)
Pic: Canon EOS M
Recording location: 65.998557, -16.513076
Weather: Drizzle rain, calm and about 9°C

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Recording fireworks can be difficult. The dynamic of the blast is normally far more than the equipment can record in full quality. So acceptable recording level is very important, especially when sound process afterwards is not allowed.
The limiter in Sound devices 744 & 302 can work smoothly if they are not „overloaded“ too much, so again, acceptable recording level is very important.
Another big factor for good fireworks recording is the location. Any reflection or echo from nearby buildings or mountains can make the whole blasting thing as an outstanding symphony.
Culture night has been held in August in Reykjavik for twenty years and it normally ends with huge down town rock concert and a firework show. As usual I went there this year to record the fireworks. For a one year I have been thinking for better recording location, because I have never been happy with my firework recordings before. This year I spotted place nearby Harpa concert hall where two big buildings are on two sides. I was pretty excited for the outcome.
I waited there for the last song from the rock concert. Normally I would have about 5 to 10 minutes to prepare my gear after the last song, until the fireworks starts.
But suddenly the fireworks stated before the concert ended.
I panicked! I started my gear while I tried to run in the darkness to my deliberate place. I was tangled in the mic cord so I was afraid to damage something on the run. And because of the tangled cord I could not rise the boom above my head.
I was MAD! I lost about half and the best part of the show and faced some stupid troubles and mistakes, like level adjustments.
As usual it would take me one year to have another opportunity!
I did not listen to the recording when I came home. It was not until last week, when the dance artist and the author of the firework show, Sigríður Soffia Nielsdóttir asked me for the recording. She was planing to use it in a dance project show. Sadly I could not send her the whole firework show. But who knows, it will probably all, or part of it, be used in her dance project this October.
The following recording is just as it comes out of the recorder, it is just fade in/out and downgraded to mp3. So it start suddenly without warning with loud blasts. So be careful, don´t put up the volume, especially not when listening with speakers.
Quality open headphones are recommended while listening at mid/high-level.

Flugeldasýningin á menningarnótt 2015

Hér er á ferðinni upptaka frá flugeldasýningu á Menninganótt í Rykjavik 22. ágúst 2015.
Það gekk bókstaflega allt á afturfótunum þegar hún var tekin upp. Því vantar fyrri hluta sýningarinnar í upptökuna. Upptakan er gerð á milli Seðlabanka og Hörpu. En vegna staðsetningarinnar þá má heyra ýmiss konar áhugaverð hljóð sem myndast vegna endurvaps milli húsanna. Mér þótti það þess vert að setja upptökna á vefinn.
Hljóðritið byrjar mjög snögglega því ætti ekki að stilla hljómtæki hátt, sér í lagi ef hlustað er með hátölurum.
Mælt er með því að hlusta á upptökuna í góðum opnum heyrnartólum og á miðlungs/háum hljóðstyrk.

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Recorder: Sound devises 744/302
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8020/8040 (Parallel ORTF)
Pix: Canon EOS M
Recording location: 64.149706, -21.933897
Weather: Around 13°C , calm, cludy.

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The Ófeigsfjarðarflói is divided into three fiords, furthest east is Ingólfsfjörður, in the middle is Ófeigsfiörður, and furthest west is Eyvindarfiörður. Those fiords were named after three brothers, the sons of the Norwegian Herraudur White Cloud (Herraauður Hvítaský) , who settled there. According to the land registry of 1706 the farm in Ófeigsfiörður was abandoned, but soon afterwards it was re-inhabited. The register also states, that the most important advantages of the property were seal hunting, driftwood collecting and processing, eiderdown and the winter grazing on the shoreline. The greatest disadvantages were the long and hard winters and the long and dangerous way to the nearest church. The farm was abandoned in the sixties, but the driftwood and the eider colonies are exploited every summer.
The eiderdown is mainly collected on the islet Hrútey, just off the headland Hrúteyjarnesmúli, and also around the farmhouses. Sustenance fisheries were also practiced during the centuries and the shark fishing was an important enterprise until 1915.
During Catholic times a prayer chapel stood in Ófeigsfiörður. Some geothermal activity was spotted in two places on the property.
Nowadays travellers use the nice camping grounds in Ófeigsfiörður. Hikers in the northern Strandir area use them in the beginning or at the end of their hiking tours. The closest you get to Ófeigsfiörður by car is Eyri in Ingólfsfiörður, but a 4wd track continues all the way.
Following recording was recorded nearby the camping side.
In the recording an Arctic tern is constantly attacking the fury microphones. But the battle last for only twenty minutes so the recording ends in a peaceful sonic experience.
Quality open headphones are recommended while listening at mid-level

Árás í Ófeigsfirði

Hér er á ferðinni upptaka sem tekin var upp við tjaldsvæðið í Ófeigsfirði, síðdegis þann 25. júní 2015.
Kría gerir ótal árásir á óboðinn gest við hreiðurstæð sitt. Árásirnar standa yfir í u.þ.b. 20 mínútur en eftir það fellur allt í dúnalogn og við tekur hljóðmynd sem er hljóðlát og draumkennd.
Mælt er með því að hlusta á upptökuna í góðum opnum heyrnartólum og á miðlungs hljóðstyrk.

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Recorder: Sound devises 744/302
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8020/8040 (Parallel ORTF)
Pix: Canon EOS M
Recording location: 66.049999, -21.702376
Weather: Around 12°C , Calm, dry and sunny.

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The Independence Day, June 17, 2015, was a little different from what it usually is, on Austurvöllur. A few thousand people were supposed to attend a meeting there, to protest the government. So there was a lot of preparation by the police, to make a clear line, between the public, and the politicians and the representatives of foreign embassies, attending this formal ceremony, on Austurvöllur in front of the parliament.
After the banking collapse in 2008, it was clear that the nation was divided into two separate groups. Firstly those that had been badly affected by this banking system, that a few years back, had been privatized, into the ownership of the friends of corrupt right-wing politicians. Secondly those, about 30% of the nation that were making a profit of all the corruption or had not the intelligence to understand what had been going on, before the banking collapse in October 2008.
In 2009 the nation voted for a left-wing government, the first one for a very long time, but as it was a time of great crisis, for example the national bank was really bankrupt, this government made a few mistakes that the nation did not like. So it happened, by giving a whole lot of false promises and by owning a majority of the mass media, the right-wing „crash parties“ came back to power after the elections 2013.
Those two right-wing political parties have since coming to power, just tried to make the economic system into what it was like, before the banking collapse of 2008, like nothing had ever happened.
The opposition to the right-wing politics of the government, has constantly been increasing, not the least because the government has been systematically destroying the good things the left-wing government had done. With the increasing consciousness of the public, people are putting a lot of work, protesting in the streets. It can be said that the most magnificent protest, has been when the the prime minister of the right-wing government, did his zero cents speech during the festivities on June 17 in front of the parliament, that can be heard here below. As usual the representatives of different foreign embassies were there, attending a ceremony that has been formally festive for many decades and that the public could before participate in with a close presence. But now the police had put up a fence to hold the public outside of the festive area and away from politicians and other officials of the state. The protesters and the public still did let their voices and their message be heard, in a splendid accomplishment.
Those that can understand the murmur in the speech of the prime minister understand that the speech is in no way in coherence with reality. Those that remember his last years speech, realize that probably it is the same speech, read aloud a second time.
The sound quality in this recording is not good because of poor quality of the sound system in the ceremony

Mótmæli á þjóðhátíðardegi

Hátíðarhöldin 17. júni 2015 voru svolítið óvenjuleg á Austurvelli. Fjöldi fólks hafði boðað komu sína til að mótmæla. Eitt og sér var það ekki óvenjulegt, nema hvað mótmælin áttu að standa á meðan hátíðarhöldin stóðu yfir. Það var því nokkur viðbúnaður af hálfu lögreglu til að almenningur kæmist ekki í færi við stjórnmálamenn og fulltrúa sendiráða sem að venju mættu í ofur hefðbundna athöfn við Austurvöll framan við Alþingishúsið.
Eftir bankahrunið 2008 var það ljóst að þjóðin skiptist í tvær fylkingar. Fyrst má telja þá sem urðu grátt leiknir af bankakerfi sem nokkrum árum áður hafði verið einkavinavætt af spilltum hægrisinnuðum stjórnmálamönnum. Svo voru það hinir, sem eru u.þ.b. 30% þjóðarinnar, sem annað hvort þrifust á spillingunni eða höfðu ekki greind til að skilja hvað gerðist árin fyrir bankahrunið í október 2008.
Árið 2009 kaus þjóðin vinstri stjórn. Hún tók við skelfilegu búi og í óðagoti gerði sú stjórn ýmis mistök sem þjóðinni mislíkaði. Það fór því svo að með loforðaflaumi, lygum og eignarhaldi á flestum fjölmiðlum, að hægri sinnuðu „hrunflokkarnir“ komust aftur til valda í kostningum 2013.
Þessir tveir hægri flokkar hafa síðan leynt og ljóst reynt að endurvekja hagkerfið í þeirri mynd eins og það var fyrir bankahrun 2008 eins og ekkert hefði gerst.
Andstaðan við þessa hægri pólitík hefur sífellt verið að aukast, ekki síst vegna þess að hægri stjórnin hefur meira og minna verið að eyðileggja það góða sem þó hafðist í gegn í tíð vinstri stjórnarinnar. Með aukinni meðvitund almennings er svo komið að fólk er farið að leggja á sig talsverða vinnu til að mótmæla á götum úti. Segja má að glæsilegustu mótmælin hafi einmitt verið þegar forsætisráðherra hægri stjórnarinnar hélt ræðu sína við hátíðarhöldin 17. júní framan við Alþingishúsið og heyra má hér fyrir neðan. Að venju mættu þar fulltrúar ýmissa sendiráða við athöfn sem í áratugi hefur verið mjög hátíðleg og hefðbundin þar sem almenningur hefur geta tekið þátt með nærveru sinni. En nú var hins vegar búið að girða hátíðarsvæðið af undir lögregluvernd svo almenningur kæmist hvergi nærri pólitíkusum eða öðrum embættismönnum. Samt sem áður tókst almenningi með glæsibrag að láta í sér heyra og koma viðeigandi skilaboðum á framfæri.
Þeir sem ná að skilja muldrið í ræðu forsætisráðherra geta greinilega heyrt að ræðan er í engu samhengi við raunveruleikann. Þeir sem svo muna ræðu hanns frá því ári áður geta eflaust greint að hér er ræðan líklega lesin í annað sinn.
Hljómgæði þessara upptöku er ekki sérlega góð sem stafar af lélegu hljóðkerf á Austurvelli við þessa athöfn

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Recorder: Sound devices 744+302
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8020/8040 paralell ORTF
Pics: Canon EOS M
Recording location: 64.147257, -21.939484
Weather: gently gust, dry.

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