Hydrophone Recording, Royal Canal, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland – by Jonathan Nangle

“Recording with a hydrophone (an underwater microphone) can be hit and miss. Unlike recording the environment that surrounds us there is a higher degree of lucky dip (!) as you can’t hear anything until you drop the mic into the water, and you can never be sure you will hear anything when you do. When you strike lucky, the underwater world is surprisingly noisy. This recording was made on a stretch of the Royal Canal, in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland. What you hear reveals the wide variety of sonics underwater, ranging from insects and amphibians, air bubbles, squeaks and pops.”