Field Recordings

by Ard Bit

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Part I 11:33
Part II 10:54


Armed with a Zoom H5 field recorder I recorded several spots and hidden beauties, the focus was mainly on non-human organisms. If you listen close and with attention there are many layers nature is producing (eg with headphones you'll hear a drone produced by a chorus of cicadas, at 2:30 ”of Part I). But it was inevitable not to record human generated noise, so I decided to use these elements too in the soundscapes. The result is a powerful, mesmeric journey.

The recordings were made on a trip to Sri Lanka in the summer of 2019 (East coast, Hill Country, South Coast, Sinharaja Rainforest) These recordings are edited and layered into two soundscapes. Peaceful places, the ocean, the rainforest and a train (environment) provide the setting for these dynamic pieces. Sounds of birds, bees, screaming flying foxes, choirs of cicades, babbling brooks and also human generated noise are all included in the mix.

♁ Locations:

Part I
: Nilaveli, Pigeon island, Trincomalee, Sigiriya, Kandy
Part II: Kandy, Ella, Marissa, Sinharaja Rainforest


released April 9, 2021


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Ard Bit Rotterdam, Netherlands

Ard Bit is a Rotterdam-based composer, sound designer and field recordist who creates audio sculptures which are fragile, layered and characterized with great detail.

His musical forms arise by free improvisation and systematic composition with the focus on minimalism.
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