Signposts #1: Black Water, White Rocks – Patrick Franke

Since becoming interested in wildlife and field sound recording a few years ago I have had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people, many of whom have been kind enough to share their knowledge and experience as I began to learn the craft. One of those is Patrick Franke whose latest collection of sound recordings Black Water, White Rocks has recently been released, both as digital download and limited edition CD.

Patrick is a freelance ornithologist and sound recordist living in Germany, who over the last decade has assembled a private collection of over 12,000 sound recordings of wildlife species, acoustic phenomena and sounds from urban and natural habitats from across the world. In Black Water, White Rocks, Patrick has produced an album of recordings made on the remote island of Greifswalder Oie on the South Baltic Sea, that in turn relaxes, stimulates and surprises the listener in equal measure.

As Patrick says “Field recordists tend to invest the recordings they make with local specificity and the places, at which they record their sounds, with an aural identity.
When I visited the Greifswalder Oie, an island in the southern Baltic Sea, for the first time in 2008, it seemed to me that there wasn’t another place like it. I heard, with an unprecedented intensity, sounds in a density I had never experienced before.
During the following years I visited the island again and again, trying to capture its aural identity. The better I got to know the place, the more I grew conscious of the fact that nothing on it was actually truly unique. Neither the sound of the rescue vessel stationed there, nor those of the generator located at the port, of a certain hedge ruffled by high winds, of the breakers on the rocks or of the cormorant roost sound specific to someone who has not yet been on Greifswalder Oie. And when I myself listen to my recordings, they evoke first and foremost my own moods, conditions or the particular situations connected to them.The recordings selected here make no claim to be an acoustic portrait of the island or of its varied history and present.”

It’s a fabulous piece enjoyed best in one full sitting, allowing the listener to detach from the present and auditorily explore the soundscapes collected from this remote island. I thoroughly recommend that you take a listen and purchase a copy.

Links
Singwarte Media – Patrick’s website
Patrick Franke releases on Bandcamp

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