Sunday, 24 June 2012
This pond at South Gare looks pretty lifeless. At one end an old bath lies in the water together with other items of detritus. A gentle breeze ruffles the grey, polluted looking water and there seem to be no plants growing beneath the surface, just a clump of sorry looking rushes over by the left bank. Over to the right the steelworks prepare for the refiring of the Redcar blast furnace
Not expecting much, I stood looking into the water wondering whether to record anything at all, when a pair of mating frogs swam into the shallow water by the shore, stopped for a moment and then returned back into the middle of the pond.
Spurred on by the obvious presence of life in the water, I gently placed two JRF hydrophones beneath the surface. This recording was used as part of the composition South Gare released on Linear Obsessional, but this is what it sounded like without any mastering, enhancing or boosting of any kind.
Alive with sound!