Road sign: high-brow artists contributing to Australia’s culture at the site of field recording
The temperature this weekend has been predicted to be the hottest on Australia’s record. Climate change is hard to ignore in a country that is experiencing hotter and longer summers, shorter winters, and catastrophic fire warnings for significant parts of the year.
The climate and other Unmentionables here and across the Pacific have created an uneasy beginning to 2017. We sit glued to a never-ending news cycle that has become overwhelming. It is as fascinating as it is shocking. A reprieve is needed …
… and so it was with a field recording trip to Tenterfield. I drove 2-hours west to hear one of my favourite natural sounds: the bell bird. Found in pockets of sclerophyll forest the bell bird’s measured 2-note chime provides a welcome reprieve from our daily routines and concerns.
It was 8:30 in the morning and the temperature was already 29°C when the first of the bell birds made themselves heard. There by the side of the road their call created the tranquility that I had been looking for. The act of listening provided a sense of peace and spatial awareness. Other concerns were stilled as the mind focussed on the auditory properties of the recording site.
2-hours later the temperature had risen to 41°C. I wondered about the effects of the heat on the local ecosystem. Would the forest be silenced over time?
4 thoughts on “Field Recording as a Respite from the News of the World”
Thank you for sharing the beautiful bell bird sounds. A needed respite from the daily news👍
Thanks Katie, such a beautiful sound cutting through the heat.
There is a bird that has been in a large tree next door, which sounds like a very loud Staple Gun being used, it goes on all day. Can you tell me what kind of bird this is please?,
sorry, no idea what that could be but the description sounds great!