I have made my journey to the Hellnar Area, a land filled of geothermal activities!
The Icelandics have made a proud of controlling this great renewable source of energy! 85% of all eclectricity in Iceland is provided by renewables!
I went to the geothermal plant to explore the sound of these steams and pipes.
Then I sought for mud pots and hot springs! I really like the natural crepitation and bubbling sounds coming from our earth. It is so exciting!
I eventually found out that it even exists a geothermal cuisine!
This was my last stop in Iceland! I still want to record more, as this island hasn’t revealed all its power!
I am really impressed by how the Natural Forces (Wind, Earth, Fire, Water,..) are inherent of the landscapes and shaped the way human cultures developed!
*in the video, it is the mic from the camera.
Recording with the Sennheiser MKH8090 handheld over the rocks. Quite a nice place at Ytri Tunga, where seals are used to come, but today there was none. Beautiful spot anyway!
On the trail to Snaefellsjoküll, I passed through a place called “Songhellir” or “Singing Cave” in English.
I walked up from the road intersection since there was no way to continue by car because of the ice and snow (winter time!)
I arrived in front of the entrance of the cave but unfortunately it was obstructed by a lot of snow.
Anyway, I was able to climb up the snow and the icy rocks.
Hopefully I had train climbing last year, so I had some assurance doing it!
A the top of my climbing I could enter some cavities where the wind was funneled and this made really cool swooshing sounds.
So, even if I couldn’t get into the cave, I had some nice recordings of wind!
I have always been attracted by abandoned house and places,
It is still mysterious to know that people used to lived there or some activities took place at this particular location.
The remains of another time, makes us travel in our imagination, and still sound can have some interesting particularities at those places.
In my trip to Iceland I stumble on 3 different shelters: 2 abandoned houses and 1 fish shed.
Since wind was an inherent part of the trip, the air passing by the remaining architecture and the holes made interesting recordings.