On the way down “Åreskutan” the wind began to accelerate and the fog thickened. As a guidepost, there were a lot of weather-beaten red steel pipes drilled into the rock. Some of these pipes had small holes in them that induced a flute-like sound when the wind blew through them.
At the beginning I did not understand that the sounds came from the pipes so for a long time I walked around and wondered what these droney abstract sounds which created an even more eerie feeling in the barren landscape was.
When I realized it was the pipes that developed them I took my Aquarian H2 hydrophone and lowered it a few feet down the pipe and really hoped that it could capture the sound, and it really did!
I think this recording is the most intresting and best recording I made this mountain hike. Both because it was so unexpected and for the fasination of how melodic and complex sounds the nature can create.
[Recorded with a Aquarian H2a hydrophone conected to a Marantz PMD661 audio recorder]
PS. If you liked what you just heard keep your ears and eyes peeled for a cassette tape called “Fragments from a world that is no more” that I currently working on where these sounds are the base of the composition. D.S.