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This soundscape will transport you to the heart of the St. Lawrence estuary. The recordings were captured in Ile aux Lièvres—Hare Island in English—a mere two weeks ago, during a new sampling session in Quebec.
Stretching 13 kilometers in width and with a peak that reaches 86 meters, the island is primarily blanketed by balsam, trembling aspen, and white birch trees. These trees possess the unique ability to generate some of the most delicate, which I had the privilege of capturing in my recordings. Expect more in an upcoming soundscape.
Over the years, the island's vegetation has confronted various challenges, including recent instances of insect outbreaks and a severe storm earlier this year. When the wind gusts through the landscape, the sound of dried trees squeaking serves as a poignant reminder of these adversities.
During my time on the island, the atmosphere was tranquil, with most of thehaving departed by then. The weather conditions were ideal for conducting excellent recordings. The wind exhibited a varied intensity—sometimes strong enough to ruffle the waves on the Saint-Laurent, and at other times, gentle enough to let the river murmur. I was lucky there was a brief overnight too, just enough to provide contents for a separate slider but keep my microphones dry!
Typically, sliders are organized in ascending order of frequency content, from the lowest to the highest. However, in this case, I've arranged the slider contents to align with the topology of the island as suggested by the background picture, withon one side and on the other.
As a devoted enthusiast of sounds, the estuary's auditory quality surprised me. It offers a sound that is notably distinct from both the ocean and a river—there's a sense of serenity and calmness here. Moreover, the recordings I captured possess a distinct "white noise" characteristic, marked by a spectrum that covers higher frequencies compared to other coastal recordings, like the Irish Coast for example. This soundscape serves as an exceptional noise blocker, while providing a unique sense of tranquility.
Expressing gratitude to those who helped me creating these soundscapes is a tradition on myNoise. Due to unique circumstances, the list of people deserving of thanks for this one has grown longer than usual ;-)
My daughter Célia, who spent the past two years in Quebec, holds a prominent place on this list. The primary reason for my journey was to attend her master's graduation ceremony in Montreal. Witnessing her growth and transformation beyond the familial "pigeon" nest fills me with immense pride.
Special thanks to Denis, a devoted fan of myNoise, who proposed the idea of exploring the island. His suggestion turned out to be nothing short of brilliant, as the sonic quality of the location exceeded my expectations. Just hours from Montreal, the island was a hidden gem of sounds waiting to be discovered.
Furthermore, I want to express my gratitude to Jason, another dedicated supporter of myNoise. Jason's generous contribution covered the expenses of travel and accommodations for the three-day sampling session!
Sampling Ile Aux Lievres is a significant milestone for me. It marks my first sampling session following the health challenges I confronted earlier this year. This experience signifies my return to hiking and a reconnection with the natural world that fills me with profound joy. The journey of resuming walks on small, winding, and uneven paths, just eight months after my CIDP diagnosis, would have been impossible without the dedication of the medical team at Saint-Luc Hospital in Brussels. Their expertise and patience with a demanding patient like me, played a vital role in my recovery.
Having my wife with me in Ile aux Lièvres made these splendid moments even more meaningful. I want to express my heartfelt and loving gratitude to my wife Charlotte, for her unwavering presence through every twist and turn of life, encompassing both the challenging and the joyous moments.
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