Throughout my latest road trip, about 5 weeks long around North-East America, I did take with me a conch (sea shell) which I brought from Peru.
I experimented and recorded from inside the shell in various settings as the busy city streets, cafes and restaurant crowd, nature, train, rivers, sea.
Approaching our ears close to a shell will make us hear the ocean. Only poetically this is true, the reality is that it makes our surrounding sounds resonate in a filtered way, the same as when we put our hands around our ears.
I found it fascinating to listen to ambiences from this perspective.
The sounds is somewhat occluded and some frequencies are amplified at the same time. It makes the reality distorted in an interesting and organic way.
I recorded around the water, with the sea waves and river wavelets; but also the city traffic, pedestrian street, room tones. But I think crowd wallas was the most interesting recordings.
This seashell has also the specificity to be a traditional musical instrument, used by the Incas. It is called ‘Pututo’ and by blowing into it like a trumpet you get a nice loud and low note.
Get all the sounds recorded from sea shell in the articulated library: