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MOMENTS IN SOUND

about the

PODCAST

Welcome to Moments In Sound, a brand new podcast exploring places and presence through sound. My name is Christine Wehrmeier, and I am a professional photographer, videographer, recording artist and producer. So often we visit places and are fixated on taking photos, yet totally oblivious to the beautiful sounds around us. For many years I travelled the world capturing beautiful images to be published in books and magazines. However, often as I sat waiting for the perfect shot I enjoyed simply listening and being in the moment. I often feel like I’m in on the biggest secret there is because sound is an invisible gateway to the moment, to feeling connected with nature and to the world around us. Yet it has become such a neglected dimension of our lives; even silence is full of magic.

My intention in creating each episode of this podcast is not to share perfect sound, but to take you on a journey into a moment, and to activate your imagination. You may get a glimpse of your own inner universe, and this thing called presence.

You will hear the realities of my imperfect recordings, but the point here is not perfection. I hope that these recordings will awaken your auditory senses so that you can begin to notice and appreciate the sounds around you, wherever you are and whatever they are.

As my goal is to allow you to journey with sound rather than have to listen to me talking. Most often you will not hear me except perhaps through my footsteps. But let those footsteps be yours.

You will get the most out of the episodes by listening when you have time to sit quietly, not when you are driving or doing another task. Very often the things to appreciate are the subtle nuances in the audio, so I recommend listening when you have time to give it your full, wholehearted attention.

Don’t worry, the episodes are short, sometimes only a few minutes long. So find somewhere you can sit comfortably and undisturbed, close your eyes, just listen, notice all the sounds and be here now.

EPISODES

EP. 1 – INTRODUCTION & GILI TRAWANGAN ON A RAINY DAY

In this introductory episode I explain the concept behind the podcast and share a recording taken on a rainy day from our garden during our time living on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia.

Listen out for rain, exotic birds, the bells of a passing chidomo, pigeons, the hum of the air conditioning unit inside and someone pouring coffee into a thermos.

EP. 2 – KRYSUVÍK, ICELAND

Krýsuvík is a volcanic system located in south west Iceland. At Seltún, visitors can walk along the wooden pathway to see the geothermal hot springs. It is an extremely colourful and vivid landscape, rich with the smell of sulfur, which is typical of  geothermal sites in Iceland. As you walk along the path the sound changes from boiling mud, to hot steam, to a warm, gentle bubbling stream.

EP. 3 -SÓLHEIMAR, ICELAND

Sólheimar Eco Village is an internationally reknowned sustainable community founded in 1930 in the South West of Iceland. On a recent visit, I went for a walk through the forest and encountered a waterwheel, with water coming straight from a geothermal hot spring. I followed the trail alongside the stream which takes you through a beautiful forest and meadow. Solheimar is a beautiful and welcoming village that is well worth spending time to enjoy. I was inspired to learn more about living sustainably and harmoniously as compassionate community.

For more information about Solheimar, please visit their website: http://www.solheimar.is/en/

EP. 4 -ÞORLÁKSHÖFN, ICELAND

Þorlákshöfn is an unassuming little town on the south west coast of Iceland. One sunny day we stopped by the coast simply to eat our picnic lunch. Despite the wind, we enjoyed a clear sunny sky, a view of the calm sea and the sound of birds flying back and forth. It seemed that the birds were catching food for their young babies and hurrying back over our heads to find them. We were not able to see the birds very well but it was amazing how their sounds filled the atmosphere around us.

You can see our exact picnic spot here on the map.

There were also horses in the field right next to us so you may hear the occasional snorting of a horse underneath the wind and birds.

Iceland can be very windy, especially on the coast, which you can hear very well in this recording.

EP. 5 – STILLNESS BY THE LAKE

Sitting by the lake on the quietest, still evening, with not even a breeze. All I could hear was the gentle lapping sounds of the water as the ripples met the rocks on the shore. I was surprised by the arrival of a group of 8 ducks, who swam past 10 metres away, kicking up the water in what seemed a method to stun the fish they were hunting. This episode is very quiet, because that’s how it actually was. Don’t adjust your volume.

Recorded on location at Thingvellir, Iceland.

EP. 6 – A WALK IN LAUGARVATN, ICELAND

Laugarvatn is a small, lakeside town on the Golden Circle route in Iceland. Most people drive through on their way to see famous sites such as Geysir or Gullfoss. If you happen to stop by, you can take a walk on the hill and get a beautiful view of the lake. There is a trail that starts right by the side of the main road.

Recorded on location at Laugarvatn, Iceland.

EP. 7 – WHITE WAGTAIL BIRDS SINGING

Sitting in a lakeside summer cottage one evening, I suddenly heard bright bird song outside. I quietly snuck out onto the verandah to place the sound recorder by the window and from inside the cottage I could see there were a bunch of white wagtail birds in the tree right outside. At the very end they all flew off together.

Recorded on location at Thingvellir, Iceland.

EP. 8 – STROKKUR – GEYSIR, ICELAND

Geysir is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Iceland. Located on the Golden Circle route, this geothermal landscape attracts thousands of people each year. Strokkur is the main, active geysir, as the original one is now dormant. Water can reach as high as 30m and tends to come at roughly 10 minute intervals.

Recorded on location at Strokkur – Geysir, Iceland.

EP. 9 – GENTLE BREEZE

This episode is a celebration of sunny, breezy afternoons. I left the sound recorder once again outside the summer cottage to capture the gentle rustling of the leaves dancing in the breeze. I find it fascinating that the wind itself doesn’t necessarily make any noise, it is the moment it meets an object in its path that creates the noise. Different trees, different leaves, will make different sounds. So this episode is dedicated to just that.

Recorded on location at Thingvellir, Iceland.

EP. 10 – DOWNTOWN REYKJAVIK – AUTUMN BIRDSONG

This week I took a walk through downtown Reykjavik. After several weeks of rain, it was a joy to be out in the sunshine. The leaves have started to turn golden and autumn has begun. As I walked along, there was very excited and joyful birdsong coming from the trees in someone’s garden. I could have sat there listening all afternoon, except that it was rather cold despite the sun. The streets here don’t always sound this beautifully instrumental so it was a really lucky moment to stumble upon. It was like listening to diamonds glistening in the sunlight.

Recorded on location in Reykjavik, Iceland.

EP. 11 – SUNDAY MORNING IN REYKJAVIK – BIRDSONG & HALLGRIMSKIRKJA

I woke up this Sunday morning to the beautiful sound of birds playing in the rowan trees outside. I believe the birds are starlings, there are many of them about at the moment. You can also hear the sounds of my neighbourhood in downtown Reykjavik. Planes flying overhead from the nearby domestic airport, residents popping in and out of the local bakery, cars quietly driving past, possibly the howls of a cat (we have many gorgeous cats in this city), the bark of a dog, someone unlocking a rental scooter and the glorious bells of Hallgrimskirkja.

Hallgrimskirkja is a famous church and one of the tallest structures in Iceland. At 74.5m tall, it sits proudly at the top of a hill in Reykjavik and can be seen from all around the city. It is one of the must see sights for anyone visiting Iceland, you can also go to the top of the church tower to get the most amazing views of the city and the mountains beyond.

I decided to share this episode with you on the same day of recording, because it felt very special. As travel is very restricted for all of us at the moment, it’s nice to share sounds from other places. What sounds do you hear on a Sunday morning around your home and neighbourhood? 

Recorded on location in Reykjavik, Iceland.

FAQ

ARE ALL THE RECORDINGS REAL?

Yes they are. That’s why sometimes you hear things like my phone buzzing, my footsteps, background noises, people and other recording imperfections.

I’m not trying to create a perfect sound recording, that is hard to do outdoors anyway, especially when it’s windy. But I do want to share authentic sounds – that is really the whole point.

I take my sound recorder pretty much everywhere and record everything myself. 

HOW DO YOU FIND LOCATIONS TO RECORD?

I don’t go chasing or planning anything. I just carry my sound recorder with me whenever I go on outings and allow myself to be surprised by whatever wonderful things I hear.

The whole point is to be more aware of our surroundings, particularly by paying attention to sound. You don’t need to seek out exotic locations to get incredible experiences. For me personally, it’s about finding the magic in the moment now. 

WHO DOES YOUR PRODUCTION?

I do all of it. I record, edit and produce it myself. I also composed the audio logo. 

WHERE CAN I SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST?

It is available on Spotify, iTunes and most main podcast platforms.

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