a frozen moment

by Peter Toll

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During a cold winter in 2012/2013, I took the opportunity to wrap up and head off with microphones and field recorder, in to the cold with the aim to record some frozen moments.

A cold January night in North Norfolk, the temperature dropped below freezing and once again the snow was falling and settling.
Two hydrophones about an inch below the snows surface, plus at the same time a pair of small omni microphones to capture the atmosphere above.
Light snow falling with light but occasionally strong gusts of wind. Hydrophone channels fade in; the snow shower becomes heavy before eventually easing off and moving on.
Recorded Sunday 19th January 2013 from midnight onwards.
2x JrF hydrophones, 2x Omni microphones to a 4trk solid-state recorder. ©PeterToll2013

The13th of December 2012 beside the lake at Felbrigg Hall was my second attempt to record the Ice here. On the first attempt, the ice was too thin. However as I reached the lake on the this occasion just before 6am, my excitement grew as I noticed most of the lake had frozen over but for a very small circle of water where gulls, swans and ducks were standing around the icy edge. I slid the hydrophones out on to the ice on the opposite side of the lake. After a little while, the hydrophones bonded in to the ice. The waterfowl footsteps, and the downdraft from their wings at take off helped produce these sounds from the ice, as well as the movement of air bubbles and changes in the ice from temperature etc. Slowly melting during the day and re-freezing at sun set.
This is an extract starting from around 8:30am, from the original seven-hour recording. JrF hydrophones to a solid-state recorder.


released September 27, 2015



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Peter Toll England, UK

Musician, composer and sound recordist. Over ten years as part of the duo Addictive TV, producing AV work for their own gigs, for film companies and TV. performed all over the world.
Now focused on field recording, influenced mainly by the sounds of the natural world, releasing field recordings in their own right as well as using them in his musical compositions.
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