Posts Tagged ‘Seashore’


The weather in Snæfellsnes peninsula, west Iceland was beautiful in the last weekend of August 2020. Me and two other friends went there to record nature sounds. Recordings were made from the noisy coastline to the silence on Snæfellsjökull glacier, a glacier which will disappear most likely within the next two decades because of global warming. 
It is sad because this glacier is iconic for the novel „Journey to the Center of the Earth“ by Jules Verne   
It was not only good weather this August weekend. The tourist traffic was very low because of COVID19 so it gave me the opportunity to record places which have been impossible to record without traffic noise and human voices during the last 10 years.  
One of the peaceful places this weekend was Arnarstapi, a small community south of the peninsula. The coastline below is mostly made of basalt columns, which forms all kinds of natural artwork in the cliffs, caves and fissures with and without stone bridges. 
During the summer time the habitats of these cliffs are mainly a Kittiwake but most of them were gone to the sea this weekend so the cliffs were quieter than one month earlier.
I decided to record in one of the fissures named Eystrigjá. Eystrigjá is a rather narrow and one of those who have a natural stone bridge.
Quality open headphones are recommended while listening at low to mid level, or in speakers at low level.

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Recorder. Sound devices MixPre6  
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8020/8040 in Parallel AB40. Mixed50/50%
Pix: LG G6

Location: 64.768392, -23.616746
Weather: Sunny, calm, 16°C 

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World Oceans Day takes place every 8 June. It has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1] The Brundtland Commission, i.e. the World Commission on Environment and Development, provided the inspiration for a global oceans day. The 1987 Brundtland Report noted that the ocean sector lacked a strong voice compared to other sectors. At the first World Oceans Day in 1992, the objectives were to move the oceans from the sidelines to the center of the intergovernmental and NGO discussions and policy and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies world wide.
The Ocean Project, working in partnership with leading organizations from all sectors, including the World Ocean Network, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and many others in its network of 2,000 organizations, has been promoting World Oceans Day since 2002 and together with World Ocean Network led a three-year global petition movement to secure official UN recognition. World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in late 2008.[2]
World Oceans Day events are celebrated on 8 June, the closest weekend, the week, and the month of June. The day is marked in a variety of ways, including launching new campaigns and initiatives, special events at aquariums and zoos, outdoor explorations, aquatic and beach cleanups, educational and conservation action programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events. Youth have been playing an increasingly important role since 2015, including the development in 2016 of a World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council (Wikipedia).
The following recording was recorded at midnight 29th of May in a wonderful weather nearby Hraunhafnartanga peninsula, close by the arctic circle.
Quality open headphones are recommended while listening at low to mid level, or in speakers at medium level.

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Recorder: Sound devices MixPre6
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8020/8040 (Parallel AB37)
Pix: LG-G6

Location: 66.52273, -16.03947
Weather. Calm. Clear sky. around 7°C

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Everyone who has travelled on road no.1 between Höfn and Djúpivogur in the east Iceland know the road at Hvalnes- and Þvottárskriður. These places are a huge mountain landslide with cliffs above and below the road. Many days when the weather is bad, with heavy rain or strong wind it can be dangerous to pass the road trough this landslide. Some days the road is closed.
This road at Hvalnes and Þvottárskriður was built 1981, but before, the road lied through difficult valley, high in the mountain named Lónsheiði.
Until 1981 it was unusual to pass this landslide, even the beautiful coast below.
The north Atlantic ocean surf is heavy on the miscellaneous beach which has beautiful gravel beaches and huge cliffs and rocks.
Just below Þrottárskriður landslide is Stapavík, a beautiful gravel beach with high rock in the middle, like a huge stoned giant or troll. Along the beach are low cliffs where fresh water seeps out between the geologic age and wets the rocks.
The following recording was made near one of this place where the fresh water is dripping of the rock down to the gravel below.
Quality headphones are recommended while listening at medium level.

Lindin í Stapavík

Fyrir neðan Þvottárskriður, austur af Hvalnesskriðum, er nokkuð löng malarfjara sem heitir Stapavík. Þessi vík eða fjara skartar gríðarstórum stapa sem minnir á steinrunnið tröll. Stapavík er meira og minna umgirt tiltölulega lágum klettum og skriðum. Þar má víða sjá ferskt vatn streyma undan jarðlögunum og niður klettana.
Upptakan hér fyrir neðan var tekin upp á einum slíkum stað í júní 2014 þar sem vatnið seitlar niður klettavegginn og niður í fjörumölina. Í bakgrunni, bak við malarkamb, má heyra í þungri úthafsöldunni þegar hún skellur á fjörunni í gríð og erg, eins og hún hefur gert á þessum stað í árþúsundir.
Mælt er með því að hlusta á þessa upptöku í góðum heyrnartólum og á miðlungs hljóðstyrk.

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Recorder: Sound deivices 744
Mics: Audio Tecnica AT4022 (binaural)
Pics: Canon EOS M (see more pictures)
Recording location: 64.476665, -14.492781
Weather: Calm, cloudy, around +12°C

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One year ago I published the first part of this calm seashore recording. It is therefore now a good reason to publish the rest of this beautiful recording.
This recording was made close to Holtstangi in Önundafjörður, in the north vest of Iceland 19th of June 2012 after midnight.
For those who like to get this recording in full length (42 min.) and quality can order it at Very quiet records.
Quality headphones are recommended while listening at low level.

Bryggjan við Holtstanga. 2. hluti

Hér kemur seinni hluti upptöku sem sett var á vefinn fyrir ári síðan.
Upptakan var gerð undir bryggju vestan við Holtstanga innst inni í Önundafirði 19. júní 2012.
Fyrir þá sem langar að eignast upptökuna í fullri lengd og gæðum geta sótt upptökuna hjá útgáfu Very quiet records.
Mælt er með því að hlusta á þessa upptöku í góðum heyrnartólum og á lágum hljóðstyrk.

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Recorder: Sound devices 744
Mics: Rode. NT1a (NOS)
Pix: Canon EOS 30D
Rec. Location: 66.017053, -23.447596

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In Önundarfjörður (fjord) northwest of Iceland is a small village, Flateyri. During the winter, avalanches are falling in the mountains all around the fjord.
In Oktober 1995 a huge avalanche hit Flateyri. Many houses were wiped away and 20 died. Several other avalanches and the crazy weather closed the road to the village so the only way for rescue team was from sea.
The first rescue unit pass a molded 45 years old dock in the bottom of the fjord at Holtstangi. This dock was made in 1950 for security reason if avalanches close the road and other communication to Flateyri
This terrible avalanche in the October night 1995, shows how important this dock was for the community, so it was rebuilt in the spring 1996.
This recording was made in the beach close to this dock 19th of June 2012

Bryggjan við Holtstanga 1. hluti

Ferjubryggja hefur lengið verið að Holti í Önundarfirði. Bryggjan var og er fyrst og fremst öryggisaðstaða fyrir Flateyringa, vegna þess hvað vegasamband um Hvilftarhlíð er ótryggt vegna snjóflóðahættu. Kom notagildi hennar berlega í ljós þegar snjóflóðið féll á Flateyri í október 1995.
Bryggjan var þá orðin 45 ára gömul og mikið fúin. Var því gripið til þess ráðs um vorið 1996 að endurbyggja bryggjuna og þá úr fúavörðum viði.
Hljóðritið sem hér má heyra ver tekið upp um miðnætti í fjörunni við hliðina á bryggjuni 19. júní 2012.

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Recorder: Sound devices 744
Mics. Rode NT1a (NOS)
Pix. Canon EOS30D

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At 13th of May I cycled to the shore, west side of Reykjavik to make some microphones setup test in quiet environment. It was sunny and calm, but cold as it has been all this year’s spring.
This coastline is mostly unspoiled from humans works so there is miscellaneous birdlife. Along is a very popular walking and cycle path. Some places can be very quiet like the beach south of Skildinganes where I have recorded many times nature sounds…as far as it goes.
As usual where nature are close to humans automotive world there is a deep rumbling noise, a terrifying noise from burning fossil fuel. It does not only disturb my ears or recordings, it is a very clear warning about our stupid lifestyle that will sooner or later destroy our planet within a century.

Drunurnar frá Mordor

Upptaka af notalegri vorstemmningu í Grófinni sunnan við Skeljanes.
En í bakgrunni heyrast drunur frá vítisvélum borgarbúa sem fyrr en síðar munu breyta þessum ljúfu vorhljóðum í fjörunni.

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Recorder: Sound devices 788
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8040 (ORTF setup)
Pix: Canon EOS-M

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Um hvítasunnu þann 24. maí 2010 fór ég vestur á Flateyri og auðvitað fóru upptökutækin með. Fáir fuglar voru á sveimi í firðinum, kalt í veðri, með norðan kalda yfir daginn svo hljóð frá fuglum bárust lítið um fjörðinn.  Yfir blánóttina lægði. Mátti þá  helst heyra í hópum máffugla úti á miðjum firði suður og austur af Flateyri.
Ýmislegt hefur gengið á í Önundarfirði. Flestum er í minni snjóflóðið á Flateyri 1995 þar sem 20 fórust. Einnig hafa orðið mannskæð sjóslys, eitt hið mesta árið 1812, þegar sjö bátar týndust í einum og sama róðri. Fórust með þeim um 50 manns sem skildu eftir sig 16 ekkjur í sveitinni. Svo undarlega hafði brugðið við, að bæði vikurnar á undan og eftir var algert aflaleysi í firðinum en daginn, sem bátarnir fórust var mokveiði og allir fylltu báta sína á skammri stundu. Þeir fórust, sem ekki köstuðu fisknum fyrir borð.
Í Önundarfirði eru fjórir bæir, allir með sama nafninu;  Kirkjuból, og mun slíkt einsdæmi í nokkurri einstakri byggð á landinu.
Þennan vordag sem ég hljóðritaði reru örfáar trillur til fiskjar. Voru það helst útlendingar sem leigðu bátana fyrir sjóstangveiði. Heyra má í einum þessara báta á leið út á miðin í meðfylgjandi hljóðriti. Hljóðnemar voru staðsettir í fjörunni fremst á tanganum sunnan við fiskvinnsluhúsin á Flateyri.


Sound scape with waves at seashore, some birds and engine noise.  A small fishing boat pass the recording place at Flateyri in Önundafjordur north-west of Iceland.
Flateyri is a village with a population of approximately 300, it is the largest settlement on Önundarfjörður.
Flateyri has been a trading post since 1792, and temporarily became a major whaling center in the 19th century.
In October 1995 an avalanche hit the village, destroying 29 homes and killing 20 people. Since then a deflecting dam has been built to protect the village from any further avalanches.
Recorder: Korg MR1000 24bit/96Khz
Mic: Sennheiser ME62, NOS setup, 40cm apart /90°
Pictures: Canon 30D and Nokia N82

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Horft frá Skeljanesi
Rétt sunnan við Skeljanes í Skerjafirði er lítil vík. Í upphafi síðari heimsstyrjaldar á síðustu öld kom breski herinn þar fyrir viðlegukanti í tengslum við lagningu flugvallarins í Vatnsmýri. Síðar hafði olíufélagið Shell þar birgðaaðstöðu og olíugeyma sína. Í dag hefur Shell flust út í Örfirisey og því er þarna að finna litið spillta fjöru þar sem mannvirki hafa hægt og sígandi verið að hverfa í tímans rás. Þar sem ein braut flugvallarins nær þarna út að sjó hefur ekki verið lagður bílvegur fyrir enda hennar með fjöruborðinu. Óvenju hljótt er því á þessum stað miðað við ýmsa staði í nágrenni Reykjavíkur. Þó má greina þungan nið bílaumferðarinnar sem hávært grunnsuð. Hávaðinn frá bílaumferð í borginni er reyndar slíkur að hann má greina við Bláfjöll og Hengil.  Fáir veita þessum hávaða athygli. Meðvitað og ómeðvitað er þessi hávaði þó ein ástæða þess að marga dreymir um að eiga sumarbústað langt utan borgarmarkanna til þess eins að njóta kyrrðar.  Talið er að hávaði sem fylgir bílaumferð sé einn helsti streituvaldur nútímans á Vesturlöndum.
Við upptöku þessarar hljóðritunar var nauðsynlegt að nota lágtíðnisíur til þess að draga niður í lægstu tíðninni frá umferðinni sem fáir heyra en hefur truflandi áhrif á upptökur.
Upptakan fór fram 25. janúar 2009 kl. 22:30.  Hljóðnemum var stillt upp í flæðarmálinu og má heyra að hægt og rólega fjarar undan þeim. Tekið var upp í DSD 1 Bit/5,644 MHz, með Sennheiser ME62 hljóðnemum í 90° horni.
Myndin er tekin í umræddri fjöru. Horft er til suðurs á Kársnes.
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