Songhellir, the singing cave

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!

Snaefellsjoküll, journey to the center of the Earth!

Snaefellsjoküll National Parc, Iceland

I have been exploring some place in the peninsula.
I have to say some places are breathtaking.
I have been riding through the Snaefellsjoekull National Park up to Hellnar and Arnarstapi.


It is pretty much lava fields all the way through which makes it looks more alien than any place I’ve seen.


The absence of trees or even bushes is stunning! The soil is a raw mixture of sand, rocks, moss and grass.

The fauna is therefore sparse, which is great to get some silence.
However these winter days are quite cold and windy!

This puts to the land an odd dimension of inhospitality while still attractive by its features.

Although I could capture some birds ambiences, and of course wind again!

Arnarstapi

From Anarstapi to Hellnar, the cliffs are majestic, they cut straight into the ocean, with colonies of thousands birds living right on the cliffs!

Just after Hellisandur, I found this high antenna that sparked my curiosity, unfortunately it did not emit any sound.

I began to climb on the trail that leads to Snaefellsjoküll glacier!!

The mountain is one of the most famous sites of Iceland, primarily due to the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne, in which the protagonists find the entrance to a passage leading to the center of the earth on Snæfellsjökull.

… this is exciting …

 

Abandoned Shelters

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.

The beauties of the Fall season!

I have to say I have been meandering through the region during the latest weeks. There are some beautiful sceneries here in Canada.

Conversely the sound at Autumn is as special as the landscape is.

Autumn Leaves

My main focus was to capture the leaves rustling in trees or on the ground.


It turned out to be quite a challenge, due to the vast amount of unwanted noises, cars, constructions, dogs, …, but also because of the wind itself:
too much wind resulted in too much pink noises coming from all trees around, too few wind is difficult to have enough sounds emanating from the rustle.


The kind of trees is also really important, some leafy branches were quite disappointing, meanwhile I got surprised by some other types of trees or leaves that would deliver incredibly subtle and rich sounds.


I have been searching zones on the map, the further as possible from the roads. I had to travel quite a bit to get away from the traffic, and even there it wasn’t easy to get satisfying soundscapes. I am still experimenting and for few days I am also performing rustling foliage inside the studio with some plants I have gathered on my way.

Autumn time recording

At fall, there are many special sounds.
I took the road and recorded leaves, wind and rustles.
Testing different configurations.
The scenery in Canada are so beautiful, with these multi-colored trees.
I am sad about the end of the warm days of summer but these changes are part of the life cycle.