Listening to the Shadows.

The sounds which emerge during the Australian night are often louder than those during the day. Once the sun sets here the night air is filled with the rhythms and drones of nature. Listening to the interplay of sounds between different species can be quite mesmerising. At any time of the night it is possible to awaken to these sounds, their familiarity being a friendly voice from the darkness:
The valley acts as a natural ampitheatre, carrying the nocturnal sounds of a swamp up towards us. Frogs, toads, and bats create a distinct nightly soundscape. The dense humidity of the night cannot be separated from its sounds.

Meanwhile down on the flats individual sounds can be heard more precisely:
This high-pitched flat-lined sound fades in and out throughout the night. The energy that is expended creating it must be remarkable.

These animals have evolved to create vocalisations which are piercing and distinct, enabling them to survive under the cover of darkness.

For me the sounds of the night create a rewarding sonic experience. Without the distraction of visual cues we are forced to rely upon our auditory senses. It is always enriching to listen to the shadows, imagining the life that exists within them.

6 thoughts on “Listening to the Shadows.

  1. I must compliment you on both the lovely natural field recordings and the landscape photos you’ve managed to capture, not only for this post but also for the others. You certainly have some stunning landscapes around where you live – I just hope they’re not over-developed as mentioned in one of your other posts!
    Specific to this post and the flats recording – do you know what species of insect produces that blanket sound of high-pitched whistling noise – it must be approaching the frequency of 10KHz ?



    1. Thanks for the feedback. It’s a mystery to me as to what the insect is – I’ve only ever heard it. It can be so loud that as I’m driving my car at night I can hear it on the side of the road. I imagine it’s either some type of cricket or cicada. Whenever you get too close it falls into silence and it’s then hard to locate it. Still, a little bit of a mystery can be a good thing.


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