For my third and final outing I again had a picture perfect day. I took a mid-morning ferry over to Swartz Bay, and from there caught a bus into Victoria, where I spent the remainder of the afternoon. On the ferry over I worked almost exclusively with a recording technique of submerging a hydrophone into a jar half-filled with water (see photo below), as a way to pick-up hull vibration by means of something other than contact microphone. The results varied, but occasionally I was able to find a nice cranny for the jar to fit into, where the sounds were usually more interesting. This particular spot yielded some great results. I found with a lot of these recordings, however, that the low-end was often overbearing, so I made a point of EQing that out in the recordings I ended up using.
While in Victoria I walked around the downtown core but spent most of my time near the water, dropping my hydrophone into various points along the marina. A number of float planes flew in and took off, and the place was busy with vessel traffic. There was a small draw bridge that I was captivated by, because its metal structure came alive when cars passed over it. Outside of what I captured while sitting for half an hour on the shore, this bridge was where I took the bulk of the recording.
There was a funny moment too, when a school of small fish began attacking and nibbling at my hydrophone line. I could see them through the water surrounding the mysterious object, greatly intrigued by it’s presence. The recording is rather ambiguous, but it’s not a moment I’m soon to forget. An exhausting day all around, but a rewarding one at that.