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Geotag Icon Soundscape: Dawn at Bessi

audio, soundscapes posted by on Oct 22nd, 2009

This soundscape was recorded at dawn in a derelict old camp near Bessi, not too far from the southern bank of The Gambia River in The Gambia. A lot of the former hotels and camps we came across on the south side of the river have been reclaimed by nature since the southern road disintegrated into a bumpy track – bad news for the Gambian tourist industry but good news for The Gambia’s 576 bird species. This was recorded using our new mics and, to celebrate, we’re keeping it long (10 minutes). It’s best listened to in stereo.

Date and time recorded: 06:44 local time, 12th October 2009
Location: Near Bessi, The Gambia (view on map)
Equipment: Sennheiser MKH30/40 to Fostex FR2LE
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  1. Nice podcast, happy memories of multiple trips to Senagambia region.

  2. Liz and Peter have went through there last year – they’ve written detailed accounts about what they found, all the way down to South Africa, now on their way back up the other side. Could be useful for you!! Check it out:
    (Website creator!)

  3. Thanks Martin – and wonderful photos.

    Hey Andy, great stuff – I hadn’t seen their site before. And lovely design too. Am having a good browse now :)

  4. Nice work, very pleasant. What, if any, post processing are you doing to the recordings?

  5. Thanks John.

    For some of the earlier recordings we did a fair bit of processing to get rid of unwanted noise – now we’re trying to keep editing to a minimum!

    We usually use a high pass filter and add a fade in / fade out. For some recordings, that’s all we do and for others, we might play around a bit more. For this one, we decoded from MS, ran a high pass filter and tried out a compressor – on hindsight, we’re not sure it needed the compressor.

    Basically, we’re as new to editing as we are to recording, so still getting to grips with it all through trial and error (advice or tips are always welcome by the way)!


  6. Absolutely lovely! The soundscape is just so rich, it’s beautiful to listen to.

  7. Hi Bex,

    Just to say I am very proud of you and good luck!


  8. You sent African flies (or bees?) through my head! Impressive! :-)

  9. Thank you Vee (and lovely to hear from you)!

    Lisa – hope they didn’t hurt :-) (Flies.)

  10. And thanks Cheryl too – we’re always reassured when you like our sounds!

  11. Fantastic sound. Congratulations for your work. I close my eyes and I’m there again and again. These are part of the happiest memories of my childhood in Africa. Thank you!

  12. Maria, this comment means so much to us. Thank you.

  13. listening bliss!

  14. Thanks for your comments Vicki!

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