ramsdale stones

ramsdale stones

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!


  1. It's interesting to listen to this recording away from your work "South Gare". You've captured a nice combination of the industrial and the natural. Were you ever able to see what was making the sound in the pond? I've recorded similar sounds here in Australia but never quite know what I'm hearing, very hypnotic nonetheless.

    1. Thanks Jay.

      I think when you record with hydrophones you're hearing sound from a lot further away than when you record with mics in air. I saw two frogs mating in the water, and they usually congregate at breeding time in fairly large numbers, so I think it was a lot of frogs.

      One of the things I like about recording in water is that you never really see your sound source. Maybe they're further away than you imagine.