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My scientific as well as my artistic work is based on a wide range of motivations and ways of approaching the sound of the so called natural world – regardless, whether it’s the sound of an entire habitat or a single animal or the fundamental sounds of the elements.

Singwarte Media Field Notes Patrick Franke

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My scientific as well as my artistic work is based on a wide range of motivations and ways of approaching the sound of the so called natural world – regardless, whether it’s the sound of an entire habitat or a single animal or the fundamental sounds of the elements.

    PFR16479, 06-04-2020, Common Starling Sturnus v. vulgaris, roost, Germany

    PFR16479, 06-04-2020, Common Starling Sturnus v. vulgaris, roost, Germany

    At the beginning of April, during a sound recording trip, I accidentally came across
    a roost of Common Starlings Sturnus v. vulgaris consisting of several hundreds of
    individuals.
    During the morning recording session I realised that those songs were differently from
    those uttered at night. At night the birds arriving at the roost and and look for a suitable
    corner to sleep. Whilst doing this they territorial songs whereas in the morning one can
    hear birds uttering social or conversational songs all together.

    • 5 min
    PFR16506, 10-04-2020, Bluethroat Luscinia svecica cyanecula, Germany

    PFR16506, 10-04-2020, Bluethroat Luscinia svecica cyanecula, Germany

    I am regularly asked how exactly I came to sound recording. The answer is as short as simple: I discovered that there are animal sounds that are very abstract and sound surprisingly artificial. Here my personal interest in synthesising sounds began to fade away...

    • 1 min
    PFR16175, 02-01-2020, cracking and echoing ice, Germany

    PFR16175, 02-01-2020, cracking and echoing ice, Germany

    Since Marc Namblard released his "Chants of Frozen Lakes" album, I have become more aware of this phenomenon. Ice, in a lake or river bed gets squeezed by changes in temperature and thus produces a wide range of sounds.
    At the beginning of January I spontaneously had the opportunity to record this phenomenon. The Mittellandkanal crossing former German-German border was thinly frozen over and the ice began to crack and groan under the rising sun.
    Mittellandkanal, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, 02.01.2020

    • 5 min
    PFR16104, 31-12-2019, New Year's Eve, Nature Reserve, Germany

    PFR16104, 31-12-2019, New Year's Eve, Nature Reserve, Germany

    No doubt, fireworks are something exciting for a sound enthusiast. The impact, however to the natural world, pets and people with no interest in extremely loud detonations or certain traumas are devastating - just to talk about the acoustic aspect.

    In the past few years there have been many studies on the health effects of fireworks made in urban areas, but surprisingly little in rural areas or in nature reserves. What happens in such a nature reserve during at several hours of massive noise production in medium or large distances around that particular spot?

    In 2012 I made sound recordings during the New Year's Eve fireworks at the same spot called Flachwasserzone Mannhausen located in the Drömling Biosphere Reserve, Saxony Anhalt. For a better spatial location of the events, I have made sound recordings again - but now in a 360 ° format. So this track is a binaural version of an Ambisonics recording.

    Caution! There are naturally very loud peaks in the recording that could damage your hearing.

    • 10 min
    PFR15961, 20-10-2019, Common Crane Grus grus, Germany

    PFR15961, 20-10-2019, Common Crane Grus grus, Germany

    I went to Germany's most famous Common Crane roost north of Berlin recently. My goal was to make sound recordings of a really large number of Common Cranes arriving at roost. In this case around 20.000 individuals. It is certainly arguable whether it is right, in times of continuous habitat loss, to bring people just to these places to reconnect with nature. Since several Common Crane roosts have re-established in Germany, a veritable hype has been created about it.
    The idea of ​​conservation gave way to the desire to make money with a natural resource, with minimal protection for the species and its habitat. So here we are: fields where birds used to search for food on are now crowded with people, small villages look like car parks in front of shopping malls and the roosts themselves are like funfairs, only the wurst stalls are missing. Of course all these people came to this rather rural place by car. For me as a field recordist this meant another time: not a good place for sound recording due to the massive anthropogenic noise. Nevertheless, I recorded some smaller flocks further away instead of the 20.000 at the actual hotspot, yet with considerable noise.
    Stereo downmix from ambisonics.

    • 2 min
    PFR15432, 10-04-2019, wind blowing into a tube, North Sea, offshore

    PFR15432, 10-04-2019, wind blowing into a tube, North Sea, offshore

    So, what do we hear here? Well, it's actually just wind blowing into a tube with one open end...

    • 10 min

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