Sound recordings Wildlife

Crabbing in New Brighton

9 June 2012

My Jubilee weekend was spent in New Brighton learning the technique of ‘crabbing’. Whilst I was on the beach I thought I’d record the sound of the sea, and some more intimate sounds using a hydrophone (under water microphone), made by Jez Riley French including the fizz, crackle and pop of sea weed and tiny sea creatures hidden within a great concrete structure on the beach.

After a few goes at ‘crabbing’ using a line and bacon for bait, I wanted to use my hydrophone to capture any under water sounds. I recorded the sound of crabs moving and eating bacon in the sea, whist attached to the end of the bacon-clad hydrophone (crabs love bacon!), and again in a bucket of water to capture a frenzied circular race between 50 crabs.

Crabbing in New Brighton, 3.08 mins

Crabbing at New Brighton using a hydrophone covered in bacon dipped into the sea and the sound of 50 crabs scrabbling over each other in a bucket of water. There is a small silence between each track. Recorded using one microphone so the soundtrack was originally mono, but has been duplicated to create a stereo track.

Squeaky fence and choppy sea at New Brighton, 2.09 mins

The sound of the tide in and the sea slapping the concrete wall and the squeak of a rusty steel hand rail. Recorded in stereo using the internal mic on a H2 Zoom.

Snap, crackle and pop- tiny marine creatures, 1.12 mins

On New Brighton beach near the concrete structures (see below) was the sound of water dripping softly, sea weed squeaking and other (very quiet!) sounds from tiny marine creatures.

Lucy Stevens’ artistic practice examines the acoustic ecology of the natural environment, using field recording, digital illustration, performance and printmaking as a tool to visualise sound produced by wildlife, weather and other natural phenomena.

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